(LOS ANGELES) — British pop star Cheryl Cole is suing The X Factor producers for loss of earnings after she was fired from her position as judge at the very start of season one of the U.S. version of the talent show, according to E! Online.
The former vocalist with U.K. pop band Girls Aloud is suing producers for $2.3 million. She was replaced by Nicole Scherzinger.
According to E! Online, Cole states that a “pay or play” clause in her contract entitles her to the $2 million she was promised for the Fox show’s second season. The complaint states that though Cole was paid $1.8 million for season one, she is owed her season-two salary. Further allowances for hotels, stylists, wardrobe and other related expenses are also being claimed.
The former judge on the U.K. version of The X Factor also wants defendant Blue Orbit Productions to reimburse her for personal security expenses, as well as flights between London and L.A. for her and her staff.
Cole made brief appearances on the U.S. X Factor’s first season, during the audition episodes.
Meanwhile, a report in the U.K’s The Mirror on Monday claims Cole could be set to return to the U.K. version of the show. A source claims that she and show producer Simon Cowell have “verbally agreed” to work together again.
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Jeff Peterson, Deseret News
Brett Crandall, BYU-Idaho Media Relations