Fired ‘The X Factor’ Judge Cheryl Cole Suing FOX Show’s Producers for $2.3M

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Cheryl Cole believes that she should still be paid for judging services on FOX’s second season of The X Factor – even if she didn’t make it past open auditions on the first season.

According to a breach of contract suit filed Friday in Los Angeles against Blue Orbit Productions, one of the production companies behind the talent competition, Cole is asking for the payments she would’ve made if they kept her on for Season 2 in a” play-or-pay” contract, Deadline reports.

The British singer and TV personality is asking for not only the $2 million she would’ve made on Season 2, but also the additional $300,000 pay she would have made for living and working for the L.A.-based show. That would include wardrobe, a local residence, a stylist and an allowance.

She’s also seeking interest on the sum and any extra “relief” the court deems she is owed.

A “pay-or-play” contract is a guarantee that a star gets compensated even if they don’t appear in a project — through no fault of their own. It’s meant to make up for the jobs/income a star must turn down to make themselves available for a job.

Cole’s feud with executive producer and judge Simon Cowell has gone on since the snarky judge fired the UK star unceremoniously early from her X Factor judging duties in 2011 and replaced her with Nicole Scherzinger (who was fired herself after Season 1).

In an interview with the UK’s Sun newspaper, Cole gave a first person account of the events that led up to her sacking and it was clear there was no love lost between the two Brits.

“I was furious with Simon for letting it happen like this,” she told the paper. “I believed we had a good friendship and I couldn’t understand why he just hadn’t been straight with me.”

She then shared a curse-laden text message she had written to Cowell, which ended with, “I hate you. I understand you’re a businessman, and what I’ve learned from this is that business means more to you than friendship.”

Celebuzz was unable to contact a rep for Blue Orbit Productions for comment on Friday evening.

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