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Simon Cowell on the Future of 'The X Factor' After a Season of Ratings Struggles LA Times

Simon Cowell, a judge and executive producer on “The X Factor,” told reporters on a conference call that the show will return to Fox next season, reports the Los Angeles Times’ Show Tracker, which notes that the singing competition “has seen some pretty terrible ratings this season.”

"I might have a different kind of role," Cowell added.

Fox hasn’t yet said anything about a renewal, although in previous years the network gave the show early renewals. A spokeswoman for the network declined to comment, the story says.

Last Thursday’s installment of the show drew 4.9 million total viewers, and was beaten in the key 18-49 demographic by a rival singing competition, NBC’s “The Sing-Off."

Cowell said he's working with Fox on what the next season of "X Factor" will look like -- if the show returns. This season's two-hour finale is set for Wednesday.

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