Britney Spears quits 'X Factor' - Pop star confirms she's going 'back in the studio'

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Britney Spears is confirming what everyone already suspected. She is quitting "The X Factor."

Spears says in a statement, "I've made the very difficult decision not to return for another season. 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."

While it's been reported Simon Cowell was ready to give Brit the boot, she tells a different story.

"Watching [the contestants] all do their thing up on that stage every week made me miss performing so much," says Spears. "I can't wait to get back out there and do what I love most."

L.A. Reid announced last month he would not be returning, which leaves Demi Lovato as the remaining chess piece. Some say Demi's days are already numbered, so Simon may have his work cut out for him, making over the judging panel. 

Let the casting rumors begin ...
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