Cheryl Cole has won an undisclosed payout from the producers of The X Factor USA for loss of earnings.
In 2011 Cheryl was removed from the judging line-up after just one show due to the producers’ fears American viewers would not understand her Geordie accent. She was replaced on the judging panel by Nicole Scherzinger.
According to the BBC, she sued producers Blue Orbit for $2.3m (£1.4m) for loss of earnings earlier this year.
Papers filed in Los Angeles Superior Court claimed the singer was promised a salary of $1.8m (£1.1m) for the first season, and an additional $2m (£1.2m) for the second in a ‘pay or play’ deal where the salaray is payable even if she doesn’t work on both series.
Cheryl’s legal team said she’d been paid for the first series, but not the second.
Her legal case sought the money, plus interest, legal fees and ‘further relief as the court may deem just and appropriate’, but the case has been settled out-of-court, with the production company paying Cole an undisclosed sum.
The singer’s spokesman could not disclose details of the settlement, but confirmed to the BBC: “Cheryl’s dispute with Blue Orbit has been resolved amicably”.
There are rumours that X Factor creator Simon Cowell wants Cheryl to return to the judging panel for the next UK series.