Despite TMZ’s adamant insistence that Britney Spears decided to leave X Factor to pursue her music, I don’t buy it. I think she wasn’t asked back, and all associated teams have protected her integrity by saying otherwise. In short, she didn’t bring the expected ratings surge, and the cost of her contract exceeded her worth. While I liked her on the show, it would be nice to find someone who could actually deliver words of wisdom apart from “amazing” and “beautiful.” And before I get emails from insane Britney defenders, just know that I am a bigger fan than anyone else. This just wasn’t her forum.