Sharon Osbourne has released a statement as she quit The X Factor.
The 65-year-old was set to appear as a guest judge for the upcoming live shows, but it was reported that ITV bosses cut her from the panel following an interview she did with Howard Stern.
The mother-of-three slated Simon Cowell on the radio programme and said: “He wasn’t on TV in America and he’ll do whatever he has to do to get his f***ing fat face on TV. I like Simon, he’s been good to me but he’s a f***ing pain in the arse.”
Sharon has since quit the show and although many think that she was axed due to her comments, the former judge has taken to Facebook to set the record straight.
“This is my official statement regarding X Factor. If it reads differently in the papers then it’s been altered,” she wrote.
“After watching the new season #XFactor unfold, I’ve seen the new judges finding their rhythm and are doing brilliantly.”
“Simon was so gracious to find me a spot on the live shows but at this point I really don’t think I’m needed and I would honestly feel odd coming in at this point. So I have decided to pass on the series this year,” she continued.
“I wish the show continued success and as much as I love to get my face on TV you will have to do without me this season. Loves ya, Mrs. O.”
Meanwhile, a spokesperson for The X Factor has said: “The X Factor can confirm Sharon Osbourne has decided not to return to this year’s show. Sharon will always be a big part of The X Factor family and we wish her all the best for the future.”
This year’s show has seen some big changes to the judging panel as Robbie Williams and his wife, Ayda Field, alongside Louis Tomlinson, joined the programme with Simon Cowell.