*Two years after the cancellation of Fox’s “The X Factor,” Epic Records CEO L.A. Reid is telling us how he really felt about his time on the show as a judge.
Though initially like a “vacation,” as he told The Hollywood Reporter, his run on the reality competition series ended up being “the worst thing I’ve ever done.”
Reid, 59, told THR that at the time of the second season, he was “fully engaged trying to run a label, and it wasn’t fun anymore.”
“And more importantly, it really affected my taste – it almost destroyed it,” the producer added, going on to say that “what works for television isn’t necessarily the thing that works in the traditional journey of music, so I adjusted my taste for television. But the truth is, I lowered my bar.”
Reid began emulating the music tastes of Simon Cowell, “and I’m an amateur at having his taste – I’m good at my kind of taste.”
The producer says he will reveal even more about his time on “The X Factor” in an upcoming book.
Finally, Reid said the writing was on the wall for “The X Factor’s true downfall after just three seasons when another show came along on NBC: “The truth is: ‘The Voice’ cleaned our clock.”