The CEO of Epic Records also told The Hollywood Reporter that the show almost "destroyed" his taste in music

By Amanda Michelle Steiner
Updated June 08, 2015 10:40 AM
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Two years after the cancellation of The X Factor, Epic Records CEO L.A. Reid is holding nothing back about his time spent on the judges’ panel.

Though it was initially like a “vacation,” as he told The Hollywood Reporter, his stint on the reality competition series ended up being “the worst thing I’ve ever done.”

Reid, 59, told THR that at the time of the second season, he was “fully engaged trying to run a label, and it wasn’t fun anymore.”

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“And more importantly, it really affected my taste – it almost destroyed it,” the producer added, going on to say that “what works for television isn’t necessarily the thing that works in the traditional journey of music, so I adjusted my taste for television. But the truth is, I lowered my bar.”

Reid began emulating the music tastes of Simon Cowell, “and I’m an amateur at having his taste – I’m good at my kind of taste.”

The producer also made sure to mention that he will reveal all about his time on The X Factor in an upcoming book.

Finally, Reid admitted The X Factor‘s true downfall after just three seasons on the air with upwards of 12 million people tuning in to the first season: “The truth is: The Voice cleaned our clock.”