Rep: Rumors That Will Smith Is Joining 'X-Factor' Are 'Fabricated'

3:24 PM PST 01/11/2011 by Borys Kit, Lindsay Powers

A U.K. tabloid reported Monday the actor would judge Simon Cowell's new show.

Will Smith won't be a judge on X-Factor.

A rep for the actor, 42, tells The Hollywood Reporter a U.K. Daily Mirror report is "fabricated."

The paper quoted a source saying that Cowell signed Smith to judge alongside Cheryl Cole: "Simon thinks Will and Cheryl will be a brilliant ­formula. He’s one of the biggest names in America, and considered to be a talented musician as well as actor."

Cowell's X-Factor kicks off later this fall.

The 10th season of American Idol, the first without him, premieres Jan. 18 on Fox. The new issue of The Hollywood Reporter details the changes this season, including showing the contestants living in a mansion, and allowing online voting.

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