London: Simon Cowell is reportedly claiming that Cheryl Cole did not work hard enough to try to impress her new American bosses, which led to her sacking.
The music mogul is believed to have told one associate: “She doesn’t travel well. We’ve made a terrible mistake”, reports a newspaper.
Cowell, 51, reckons 27-year-old Cheryl didn’t push herself enough and allowed co-judges Paula Abdul and LA Reid to dominate discussions during auditions.
As the show began to unravel Cowell was forced to admit things weren’t working out and Cheryl was looking like a “spare part” on the panel.
After the Chicago auditions on May 19, Cowell had to concede that Fox Entertainment boss Mike Darnell, who had resisted Cheryl from the start, was right and she had to go.
The US source added: “Simon stuck his neck out for Cheryl and really wanted it to work. But she just didn’t fit into the mix.”
Meanwhile, a friend of Cheryl hit back saying: “Simon’s doing his usual trick of blaming everyone but himself. Cheryl was thrown in at the deep end and he gave her no help or leeway.
“It is very unfair that she wasn’t allowed time to settle in. Simon can’t just simply wash his hands and say it was all Cheryl’s fault. That is a gross distortion of what really happened,” the friend added.