Cheryl Cole has reportedly refused an offer of £2.5m to return to the judging panel of the UK X Factor, according to Mail Online.
The website reports that the 27-year-old will not be rejoining the show after missing a deadline of midnight on Saturday to decide whether or not she would come back.
According to reports Cheryl has refused to talk to Simon Cowell, and has ignored his repeated attempts to contact her.
And according to the News Of The World filming of auditions will now begin on Wednesday without her, but with the original panel of Gary Barlow, Louis Walsh, Kelly Rowland and Tulisa Contostavlos.
“The brutal truth is that no-one is bigger than the show – not Cheryl and not even Simon,” an associate of Cowell said.
“We have a huge show and we need to get on the road on Wednesday and we needed to know if Cheryl was coming with us.
“We have bent over backwards for Cheryl and she hasn’t engaged with us. She is out. That’s showbusiness.”
Other reports suggest that even if the Girls Aloud singer were to accept the offer, executives are worried her current state of mind might hinder the panel.
“It’s an entertainment show and the judges have to be cheerful and positive,” a source told the Sunday Mirror. “We are not sure she is in the right place to take it on.”