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Britney to exit 'X Factor' after only one season

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Jennifer Milbrett,Buzz

The speculation that pop princess Britney Spears won't return to "The X Factor" for a second season has been confirmed.

The 31-year-old singer is leaving the Fox singing competition series, perhaps before show producers could fire her.

Brit's performance as a judge on the show came with mixed reviews. And late last month, Us Weekly reported that producers were set to let her go. "Britney will get the boot," a source told Us in December. "Producers wanted her for the long haul, but it isn't working."

The "Oops!... I Did It Again" singer's contract was for only one year, but she raked in a reported $15 million. "They paid all that for her to say 'amazing,' and offer half-claps," another insider said. Co-creator Simon Cowell "wanted crazy Britney, but he got boring Britney."

This is just one more change in an increasingly long line of turnover on the short-lived "X Factor."

After the debut season, judges Paula Abdul, Nicole Scherzinger, Cheryl Cole and host Steve Jones were all let go. Now, after the second season, both Britney and fellow judge L.A. Reid have announced their exits.

For love, obviously

With a 60-year age gap, it's easy to think Playboy bunny Crystal Harris, 26, married Playboy mogul Hugh Hefner, 86, for his money.

But Us is reporting that it must be for love because Crystal signed an ironclad prenup.

A source says Hef's new bride has not been added to his pre-existing will. His estimated $43 million fortune is promised to "his children, the University of Southern California film school and a variety of charities."

Big heart, big wallet

Charlie Sheen, who has recently parted with large sums of money to help Lindsay Lohan with her tax trouble and the ill child of a police officer he recently met, is once again ponying up cash for a cause.

The soft-hearted star has donated $12,000 to the family of the paparazzo who was killed chasing Justin Bieber's Ferrari.

"A tragic incident like this erases the line between the photographer and the subject. It's an unforgiving moment that begs us all to be human," Charlie told E! News. "As parents, we are all not supposed to bury our children. My deepest condolences to the families involved."

Charlie pitched in after hearing fellow photogs were trying to raise money to help the family pay for funeral costs.

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