I tried my best to keep Cheryl claims Cowell
Simon Cowell today said he made every effort to keep Cheryl Cole on at least one version of The X Factor.
Cole is being replaced as a judge on the upcoming US version by Pussycat Dolls singer Nicole Scherzinger.
However, Cowell denied reports that Cole lacked chemistry with the other US X Factor judges, Paula Abdul and Antonio 'LA' Reid.
He said Cole missed family and friends back in England and didn't seem herself during the filming of the show.
Cowell added that efforts to negotiate her return to the UK The X Factor were derailed by media leaks.
A statement confirmed Cole would be replaced by Nicole Scherzinger.
"Nicole will join Simon Cowell, LA Reid and Paula Abdul on their search across America to find the next global superstar or group to win the life-changing five million dollar recording deal," it said.
"Nicole has previously joined Simon Cowell as a guest judge on The X Factor for the UK version of the show in 2010. Steve Jones will act as sole host of The X Factor."
The first reports linking Cole to a role on the US show surfaced last year but were not confirmed until May 5 this year, when Cowell announced she had got the job. But only three weeks later it was reported she had been dropped from the show, leading to feverish press speculation about her next career move and her relationship with Cowell.
Some reports linked the Newcastle-born star with a judging role on a new BBC talent show, but publicist Max Clifford said Cole would have been a judge on American X Factor if Cowell "has his way".
Speaking to Sky News, the PR guru said Cowell insisted: "I've made that clear from the start, I've made it clear to everybody at Fox and Fremantle, the people involved, that my choice would be to have Cheryl Cole on the show."
Some commentators have suggested the uncertainty of the judging situation was deliberately engineered by Cowell to increase publicity for the show, but Mr Clifford rubbished those claims.
"It's certainly not Simon Cowell hype, as someone that has looked after Simon for 10 years," he said.