CHERYL Cole is ready to make public a damning dossier of evidence to prove she WAS fired from American X Factor. It comes as the row over her exit from the show took a dramatic new twist. The Girls Aloud star claims to have emails and text messages from senior US TV executives to verify she was given the chop – amid speculation that TV chiefs are trying to get out of paying her. Friends of the Geordie singer, 27, believe this is the REAL reason why she was bizarrely offered her judging role back
on Friday night. They reckon it is part of a clever ruse by US network bosses Fox and producers Fremantle, who think she may NOT turn up to Wednesday’s auditions in New Jersey – and be in breach of her contract. A friend of the singer said: “They’re hoping it’s a no-show so they don’t have to pay her. But that plan falls flat when you look at the fact of the matter – that she’s already been fired. “There was a meeting attended by Cheryl where it was made clear it wasn’t working. Then there are emails and messages to the same effect. “For the network to try and wriggle out of it by suggesting otherwise is nonsense. If she doesn’t turn up to re-take her place on the panel, she is not in breach of her contract – because Fox breached it themselves.” Cheryl is said to be “in two minds” about whether to take up the TV bosses’ offer. She still believes she’s been made a laughing stock during the course of the past week, with one pal raging: “If they think they can go around treating people like this, they’re wrong.” But at the same time some friends say she would be mad to turn down the chance. One insider said: “It’s a tough decision because it’s a huge show. “There’s still a lot of pain there. At last Cheryl is in charge of the situation. She’s finally calling the shots, but she’s really not sure.” US TV executives yesterday insisted Cheryl will get her €1.3million fee whether she turns up or not. They claim she showed a “willingness” to return to the UK version of the show and that at no point was she actually sacked. A TV source said: “Everyone thought she wasn’t herself and might be happier back home in the UK. It wasn’t a case of being sacked at all. “It was that we made her another offer for the UK show – and both her management and Cheryl herself seemed up for it initially. The reason why it dragged on for so long was that her team severed contact with Fremantle and nobody knew what was going on. Because she missed the deadline on the UK version, bosses wanted to ensure she still had a role on the UK X Factor and that’s what’s happened now.
“The role could be adapted or discussed to suit her. “It could be that she is a judge alongside Nicole Sherzinger or takes up a mentor role. It’s up to her.” A source close to show boss Simon Cowell said: “Simon cares massively about Cheryl. He’s concerned about her and just wants to do what’s right by her.” Yesterday our sister paper the Sunday Mirror revealed that Cheryl has split from dancer Derek Hough, 25. His step-father Aaron Nelson, 54, said: “It’s sad, but it just wasn’t working out. Derek just wants to move on with his life.” Derek, who nursed Cheryl through her malaria ordeal last summer, is said to have called time on their romance just two weeks ago – before she was axed from American X Factor.