Simon Cowell is too busy prepping the Fox version of "The X Factor" for the U.S. market to continue appearing on the British version of the show, reports the Daily Mail.
Cowell has reportedly told his bosses at ITV that he’s bowing out as one of the judges on the U.K.’s "The X Factor" effective immediately. He will not be on the program this year when a new season commences.
Sources say that health concerns were a factor in the decision. The newspaper quoted a friend of Cowell’s who pointed out that the Cowell family is worried about his intense schedule, which gives him little time to sleep.