0110_britney_insetBritney Spears is leaving "The X Factor" -- but we won't hold it against her.

The 31-year-old will not return to the singing series for the second season, according to TMZ​.

But she'll hardly be laying low this year -- the pop star is currently recording her eighth studio album with will.iam and is planning a subsequent tour.

Her departure from the FOX reality series comes amid reports that producers were planning to terminate Spears (and her $15 million contract) due to the low energy she brought this season.

But Brit's not alone -- fellow "X Factor" judge, L.A. Reid also announced his decision to leave the show earlier this month.

Britney doesn't need "The X Factor," because she's already got it!

Check out the "Scream and Shout" singer's surprising answer about returning to the judging panel back in November below.


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