Britney Spears has spoken out about her decision to leave "The X Factor" after serving as a judge for Season2.
"I've made the very difficult decision not to return for another season," the pop superstar said in a statement released through her rep on Friday. "I had an incredible time doing the show and I love the other judges and I am so proud of my teens but it's time for me to get back in the studio. Watching them all do their thing up on that stage every week made me miss performing so much!
"I can't wait to get back out there and do what I love most," she added.
As previously reported on AccessHollywood.com, after weeks of rumors, a production source confirmed to Access on Thursday that Britney, 31, would not be returning to the FOX reality competition for its third season.
Show boss Simon Cowell, along with producers, began discussions about the coming judging shakeup over the holiday break, the source added.
-- Erin O'Sullivan
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