Britney Spears Steps Out Amidst ‘X-Factor’ Firing Rumors [PHOTOS]

Simon Cowell’s idea to bring The X-Factor stateside has blown up in his microdermabrasion’d face.  First, made the conrtoversial decision to drop Cheryl Cole as a judge in season one, then fired judges Nicole Scherzinger, Paula Abdul and host Steve Jones.

Now it’s being reported that Britney Spears will not be invited back, since producers were hoping for “crazy Britney” but instead got “boring Britney.”

This comes as no surprise to viewers, who watched Spears overuse “awesome” the entire season.  $15 million well spent?

“Britney will get the boot. Producers wanted her for the long haul, but it isn’t working,” a source reportedly told Us Weekly

Cowell was neither here nor there when he told E! News where they were at with contract negotiations.

“I don’t know yet, to be honest with you,” he said.  “I haven’t had the conversation with her whether she’d want to, what other commitments she’s got.”

Yesterday (December 27th), a subdued Spears and her fiancé Jason Trawick took her sons to Claim Jumper restaurant for lunch in Los Angeles.