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Simon Cowell Rejected Britney Spears for X Factor?

After Paula Abdul, Nicole Scherzinger, and Steve Jones‘ departures, why isn’t Simon Cowell excited about the prospect of Britney Spears joining his X Factor judging panel?

Though she’s reportedly expressed interest, “Simon’s worried she won’t be able to deliver good advice, and he’s afraid contestants won’t take her seriously,” a show insider tells Us Weekly of the British producer, 50, who doesn’t want his program’s brand associated with the formerly troubled teen idol.

Related: PHOTOS: Britney's wildest moments

When it comes to filling the vacant spots on the panel, Cowell is also hoping to sign on someone with a little more experience in the biz. “He’ll probably go more in the direction of Mariah Carey or Janet Jackson,” the show source shares.

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For more about why Spears won’t be joining the X Factor team, check out this week’s Hot Stuff video, featuring Us Weekly Senior Editor Ian Drew, along with a very special guest: Basketball Wives star Jennifer Williams, who, in her fourth Hot Stuff video appearance, breaks the record previously held by Danielle Staub, Lil Jon and Blake Shelton (who have each stopped by three times.)

Related: PHOTOS: Britney's bikini body over the years

The other stories we can’t stop talking about? How Michelle Williams found love again with Jason Segel, why Bradley Cooper and Zoe Saldana called it quits, and what the story is behind Rihanna and Ashton Kutcher‘s mysterious midnight meetup.

Watch the Hot Stuff clip now!

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