Fox: Cole out as 'X Factor' judge, Scherzinger in

By the Associated Press | June 6, 2011 | 12:44 PM EDT

FILE - In this May 16, 2011 file photo, Cheryl Cole attends the 2011 Fox Upfront party in New York. Fox confirmed Monday, June 6, 2011 that Cole will no longer be a judge on the talent competition series "The X-Factor." She will be replaced by singer Nicole Scherzinger. (AP Photo/Peter Kramer, file)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Cheryl Cole is out of "The X Factor."

Fox and the producers of the upcoming singing contest said Monday the British pop star will be replaced by Nicole Scherzinger as a judge. Scherzinger had originally joined the show as a host.

The network and "X Factor" producers FremantleMedia North American and Syco TV didn't offer any details on the decision in a brief joint statement. But Cole's official ouster followed weeks of reports that she might be off the show.

Among the possible reasons rumored: her lack of chemistry with fellow judges L.A. Reid, Paula Abdul and Simon Cowell, who is also the show's creator. Cole was a judge on the original British "The X Factor," and it's unclear whether she'll return to that program.

Cole could not be immediately reached for comment.