Remember how happy you were when Tate Stevens won The X Factor? Well, prepare to cry, cry, cry in your lonely hearts. Despite The X Factor ending on a high note ("I Got A Puppy Named Tater!"), the New Year is bringing bad news for fans of the show. Yep, Britney Spears is reportedly being auf'd thanks to her huge salary demands and failure to bring in viewers!

"Britney will get the boot," a source tells Us Weekly. "Producers wanted her for the long haul, but it isn't working." Turns out Britney isn't quite as entertaining as Simon Cowell had hoped...in fact, he thinks she's straight-up dull. "He wanted crazy Britney, but he got boring Britney," another source says, while yet another insider adds, "They paid all that for her to say 'amazing' and offer half-claps."

If Britney does get fired from The X Factor, that'll just leave Demi Lovato and Simon as judges since L.A. Reid is leaving too! Any guesses as to who might be able to walk in Britney and L.A.'s shoes? We're thinking Justin Bieber or Celine Dion. Our hearts would seriously go on forever if that happened, baby.

Source: Us Weekly