However, Louis Walsh, Sharon Osbourne and Nicole Scherzinger can reportedly all breathe a sigh of relief, as “leaked” plans reveal that the music mogul is keen to keep them all around for at least another year.
Following the news that there will be at least three more series of ‘X Factor’, The Sun has reported that Simon will once again be joined by Louis, Sharon and Nicole in 2017, after finally nailing the “chemistry” he’s been looking for on the panel for the past few years.
An insider told the newspaper: “Simon wants all the judges back next year. Contracts haven’t been signed but negotiations are already well under way.
And as for Louis? Well, he’s not going anywhere either.
All four judges have one act remaining in the competition ahead of this weekend’s semi-finals, following the departure of controversial novelty rapper Honey G in last weekend’s results show.
Find out how the four acts get on in this week’s live semi-final, kicking off on Saturday (3 December) at 8pm on ITV.