UPDATE: A rep for Jones called the Daily Mirror story “a fabrication.” “There have been absolutely no conversations about Steve Jones Leaving The X Factor,” the rep said. “Steve is very happy with the outcome of this season and he looks forward to being back and discovering more talent in the new year.” Just to be clear, the Mirror story didn’t claim that Jones had spoken with Fox or the show’s producers about Season 2 but that he will not be asked back when time comes.
PREVIOUS: This will not come as a shock to anyone, but the Daily Mirror is reporting that the contract of The X Factor host Steve Jones will not be renewed for next season. Veteran British presenter Jones was a complete unknown to American TV audience until Simon Cowell flew him over for a test at the last minute after Nicole Scherzinger, in her original role as host, nixed her chosen co-host, Corbin Bleu. Jones got the job after showing chemistry with Scherzinger. Of course, that soon proved irrelevant as Scherzinger was moved to the judges table following the dismissal of Cheryl Cole, and Jones became the show’s sole host. But the Welshman never seemed comfortable and has drawn mostly negative reviews for his performance. If Jones indeed goes, Scherzinger could get her old job as host of X Factor as she today declined to answer whether she would continue as judge on the show if asked back.