Gordon's read something astonishing in Heat (no, really, he's copying stuff out of Heat):
Jeff [Haddad], who negotiated Nicole [Scherzinger]'s X Factor deal, said: "Simon Cowell always wanted her as a judge. There was never a question that she wouldn't get it.Goodness, all a stunt? Doesn't that just shake your faith in the whole Cowell franchise.
"I had long discussions with Simon about her judging the US show and she was always a front-runner for that job.
"Cheryl's name never came into it. Cheryl was just being used as a cog in the wheel to cause hype and publicise the show. Nicole was never supposed to be a host.
Obviously, there's a denial:
An X Factor spokesperson dismissed the claims as "complete and utter rubbish".Don't worry, everyone: in a couple of weeks there'll be a claim from Haddad that he was having a mental health episode.
Still, interesting to see Gordon run a piece knocking the Cowell machine. Biting the hand that feeds him exclusives.