Simon Cowell has hinted at his view on Cheryl Cole's departure from the X Factor, saying: "That's showbusiness."
The comment appeared to be in reference to Cole after Cowell joked that he could replace Britain's Got Talent presenter Dec with one of the show's acts.
"Ant and Les has got a nice ring to it. As we know, that's showbusiness," he said.
Dec replied: "He's got it right in for the Geordies this week," leading Cowell to admit: "I'm in so much trouble tomorrow."
It was confirmed earlier this week that Cole would not be a judge on this year's UK X Factor after being sacked from the US version too.