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'The X Factor' Season 3: Britney Spears Welcome Back, According To Fox

01/08/2013 04:20 pm ET

"The X Factor" Season 3 judges panel has yet to be set, but Fox chairman Kevin Reilly said Britney Spears would be welcome back on Simon Cowell's talent show. According to journalists at Fox's 2013 Television Critics Association executive panel, Reilly said Spears could return to the series.

Reilly's statements come after a report that insisted Spears was going to be fired from "The X Factor" judging panel. Spears joined the series for Season 2 alongside Demi Lovato, replacing Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger.

"They paid all that for her to say 'amazing' and offer half-claps," a source told "Us Weekly" about Spears.

The report said Fox wasn't happy with Spears' performance as a judge, but a spokesperson for the series told The Huffington Post it wasn't true.

"No one has discussed next years judging panel yet -- any reports otherwise are complete speculation," the spokesperson said in an email statement.

In November, Spears told members of the press she'd be back for Season 3. "Yes, I definitely will," she said at the time.

No official announcement has been made, besides L.A. Reid's exit.

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