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Jones will anchor the CBS entertainment news program with Nancy O’Dell on Wednesday and Thursday. He announced the news via Twitter on Tuesday, writing, “This is going to be fun!”
Earlier this year, Jones was offed from the Fox reality competition along with judges Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger while Cowell looked toward revamping the format with new talent.
In March, The Hollywood Reporter learned exclusively that Britney Spears was nearing a deal to join Cowell and L.A. Reid on the judges’ panel. Like her former musical competitor Christina Aguilera on NBC’s The Voice, a second career as a reality TV star could help keep Spears in the headlines.
As of February, X Factor producers were mulling a decision to replace Jones with two hosts.
“Simon’s vision was always to have a man and woman host this and to make it feel a little bit like an award ceremony,” FremantleMedia North America CEO Cecile Frot-Coutaz, whose company is a producer on both American Idol and The X Factor, told TV Guide Magazine. “A glamorous girl and a good-looking guy doing a kind of double act.”
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