SIMON Cowell has axed Sharon Osbourne as an X Factor judge after The Sun revealed a foul-mouthed interview where she labelled performers on the show as “f***ing karaoke” and "little sh***."
The show’s boss was seething after she slammed him as a "fat faced mother f***er" and joked about drowning him by putting a brick around his neck.
Sharon, 65, was meant to be returning to judge all the live shows later this month – but Cowell and show chiefs were adamant that couldn’t happen after her public attack.
A source revealed: “Sharon is going to try and spin this as her choice to leave, but after that disgusting interview there was no way Simon Cowell or the executives would have her back on the panel.
“Not only did she make shocking attacks on him, she slagged off the show itself and the lovely members of the public who decide to audition. Good riddance to her.”
Sharon went rogue during an interview with US shock jock Howard Stern, saying Cowell is a “f***ing pain in the ass” and revealing she was demanding £10 million from Cowell as her contract means she must be paid the same as new judges Robbie Williams and Ayda Field.
Her sickest attack came when Stern asked her which of them she would save on a sinking boat.
She replied: "We would put a f***ing brick around his neck and throw him over. I will drown you mother f***er. Absolutely…he’s gone."
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Asked why her contract changed this year so she didn’t appear at the auditions, she blasted: "Oh f*** I don't have to have those kids singing in my face.
“Those little sh***. They all suck. It is like hey is this f***ing karaoke or what?"
Sharon vowed to be more brutal when she returned to the live shows.
She said: "The thing is it is the end of my contract now, it is like no holds barred. It is like get the f*** off the stage. You're s***. Get the f*** out."
However, show bosses decided it would be too risky to give her that chance.
An X Factor spokesperson said: “The X Factor can confirm Sharon Osbourne has decided not to return to this year’s show.
"Sharon will always be a big part of The X Factor family and we wish her all the best for the future.”