“She is shocked and stunned. She never saw this coming. The fact Simon didn't tell her in person hurt. She never thought he would do that to her," Contactmusic quoted a friend of the singer as saying. “I've been hung out to dry and I know who's to blame. I've had no opportunity whatsoever to prove myself and instead they've just cast me aside like a fool," Daily Mirror quoted the singer as saying to one of her friends.
The news is also doing the rounds that Simon Cowell has lost his power with Fox forcing him to drop Cheryl.
It was reported that Cheryl Cole opted out of the American version of X Factor, as she was homesick but sources said that the Girls Aloud singer was shocked on learning the news that she has been replaced by Nicole Scherzinger. It is said that she is upset because Simon Cowell didn't inform her personally.