The gloves are off, and the mud-slinging has begun.
In her statement confirming her exit from the hit show, Kelly originally seemed very happy with the way things had turned out, calling her time as a judge "an incredible experience I'll never forget."
An X Factor spokesperson was equally nice, saying: "Kelly’s immense experience in the music industry shone through in both her judging and mentoring on The X Factor."
"We would like to thank her for being a part of the country’s number one show and wish her well for the future.”
All very nice. All too good to be true apparently.
Kelly has now allegedly hit out at producers of the talent show, and is said to feel ‘stitched up’ by allegations that she wanted more money to return as a judge, as well as rumours that X Factor bosses were “not bothered” by her exit.
A friend of Kelly’s told The Mirror: “She has emails going back months showing discussions so it is stupid of them to say they didn’t want her or she was being greedy.
Simon Cowell has gone on record saying he wanted Kelly back. She loved doing the show so feels a bit let down."
“She feels stitched up now and it just looks like they are panicking because they don’t have a judge.”
31-year-old Kelly is also said to have told this gossip-loving friend that: “It was my decision, I just decided not to sign.”
X-Factor bosses are cutting things a little fine in their quest to find a new judge for the 2012 series of the show – auditions start on the 23rd of May, so they’d better get a wiggle on.
Although Tulisa and Louis Walsh are widely believed to have agreed to return to the judging panel, Gary Barlow is the only judge who has officially signed his contract.
The Take That frontman tweeted his own opinion on Kelly-gate, tweeting: "Sorry to hear @KELLYROWLAND won't be joining us on #XFactor this year. Good luck with all your plans. Was great working with you.”
Take note people, that’s how you play nice.
Kelly is rumoured to be pursuing a career in US TV, as well as continuing to release music. Who needs the X Factor anyway, eh, Kel?