The U.K. television programs "The X Factor" and "Britain’s Got Talent" are facing an uncertain future, as host Simon Cowell hasn’t yet signed a contract because he wants to focus on the American version of "The X Factor," reports the Daily Mail newspaper.
Executives at British broadcaster ITV are looking for shows to replace "The X Factor" next year, reports Tim Adler at Deadline.com.
The disappearance of the show from ITV would "blow a hole in ITV’s ratings," the story says. Cowell told the Dail Mail, "At the moment you are only going to see me do one show – [and] it is not in England."
Even if Cowell agrees to do the shows, they’d have to accommodate his U.S. schedule, the story says. "The X Factor" drew 12.5 million U.K. viewers to its Saturday episode.