Britney Spears to be sacked from US ‘X Factor’?

Sources say that star's stint on reality show 'isn't working'

Britney Spears could be sacked from her job as a judge on the US version of The X Factor, according to reports.

Rumours in the US have spread that Spears, who joined the cast of the reality show earlier this year, is set to be ditched from the programme because producers feel she hasn’t worked hard enough to earn her reported $15 million (£9.3 million) salary.

Speaking to US Weekly, a source said: “Britney will get the boot. Producers wanted her for the long haul, but it isn’t working.” Another source, meanwhile, said that Spears’ apathetic reactions to the auditions part of the show had been poorly received, stating that: “They paid all that for her to say ‘amazing’ and offer half-claps”.

Spears made headlines almost immediately after joining the show’s judging panel due to a series of bizarre demands she reportedly made. The singer apparently took breaks whenever she wanted during her first recording and also left the studio while four acts performed without her even seeing them.

Earlier this month (December 13), Spears was revealed as the highest-earning female in music in 2012, bringing in an estimated £40m through album sales, live shows and TV appearances. Her role on The X Factor helped significantly boost her income in addition to her latest album, 2011’s ‘Femme Fatale’, being certified platinum and live dates around the world supporting the release.