It's a confusing development, since just two days earlier, Fox entertainment chairman Kevin Reilly told reporters, "I think Britney did a very good job. People are fascinated with her and always will be."
Cowell last year dumped judges Nicole Scherzinger and Paula Abdul - and recently, original judge L.A. Reid took off.
Fox has yet to comment.
Beyoncé: I am powerful, hear me roar!
The media went nuts this week when A-list glossy GQ unveiled its next cover, which shows Beyoncé wearing a sultry come-hither look, leopard-print underwear, and a cropped baseball top.
Beyoncé's chat with the mag is no less bold. The topic: her ent-industry mojo. And she sure doesn't skimp on the ego.
"I now know that, yes, I am powerful. I'm more powerful than my mind can even digest and understand." Her B-osity credits her success to her bod, not her sweat.
"I worked so hard during my childhood to meet this goal: By the time I was 30 years old, I could do what I want," she says. "But I've sacrificed a lot of things, and I've worked harder than probably anyone I know."
Kristen Stewart dominates . . . Razzies
All the hoopla around the Oscar nominations threatens to obscure news about the far more significant Golden Raspberry Award and noms for the year's worst Tinseltown dreck.
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 leads the Razzies with 21 noms, including worst picture, lead actors Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson, and supporting actors Taylor Lautner and Ashley Greene.
K-Stew beats out her boyfriend in landing a second acting dis-honor nod, for Snow White and the Huntsman.
Battleship, Adam Sandler's raunchfest That's My Boy, and Eddie Murphy's box-office dud A Thousand Words also are up for worst pic. Winners, er, losers will be honored Feb. 23, a day before the Oscars.
Democracy in action: People's Choice
The Hunger Games, an art-film take on torture porn, won big Wednesday night at the People's Choice Awards in Lalaland.
Hosted by Big Bang Theory's Kaley Cuoco, the fan-voted awards honored the pic for best movie, best action pic, best on-screen chemistry, and fave movie actress for Jennifer Lawrence. Glee's Chris Colfer, named fave comedic TV actor, tells USA Today that "in many ways, this is more pressure" than other awards. After all, he says, the fans who vote "are the people who keep you employed." This year, a record 475 mil votes were cast.
Gossip petits fours
William Shatner has a secret love-child. Well, his Priceline.com persona, The Negotiator, will. Geekdom's fave pinup gal, Kaley Cuoco (see above), will join the travel agency's ad campaign as the Star Trek alum's progeny. . . . British siren Lily Allen and hub Sam Cooper have welcomed their second child, Marnie Rose Cooper. She joins 14-month-old sis, Ethel Mary. . . . Philly-region legend Tina Fey has signed to star in her first post- 30 Rock project, playing a "Russian gulag prison guard" in a sequel to 2011's The Muppets, says the Hollywood Reporter. Ricky Gervais also stars. . . . Mega-selling British singer Adele will be at the Golden Globes on Sunday! It'll be her first public appearance since the October birth of her son with Simon Konecki. Adele is nominated for her theme song for the James Bond film Skyfall.
Brent Musburger's muse withdraws
Miss Alabama USA Katherine Webb, who shot to fame this week when ESPN's Brent Musburger verbally drooled over her on national TV, has decided to tone down her profile, canceling eight interviews Thursday. Why not go full speed ahead and grab her 15 minutes? TMZ opines that her beau, University of Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron, felt she'd overshadow him in the fame department.
Not so, Webb insists. She tells TMZ she worries the media attention may put undue pressure on her relationship with A.J.
Celebrity real estate report
TV darling Kelly Ripa and her thesp hub Mark Consuelos ( All My Children) stand to make a tidy profit on the real estate market. The New York Daily News says the dynamic duo are selling their fab five-bedroom SoHo loft for the asking price of $24.5 mil, $15.4 mil more than they paid for it in '05.
Across the continent, Madonna has put her Beverly Hills mansion on the market for $22.5 mil, the Los Angeles Times says. Seated on 1.25 acres, the compound includes a nine-bedroom house, two guest houses, a swimming pool, tennis court, gym, theater, and a 500-foot, tree-lined driveway. Madge is selling big: Two months ago, the Spiritual Mom listed her 6,000-square-foot townhouse on New York City's Upper West Side for $32.5 mil.
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