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Guys, clutch your pearls and form a circle. We must pray for Britney Spears' triumphant return to X Factor Season 3. Despite being an A+ judge, Britney's future with the show is in jeopardy, and it's all thanks to a few dolla dolla bills, y’all.

Fox wants to cut the judges' salaries for next season in an effort to reduce production cost, but the problem? Brit-Brit wants a raise. Because apparently the $15 million she raked in for the first season isn't cutting it.

“Britney, who was signed on a one-year deal, is the first person who will be expected to have her salary chopped," and insider tells RadarOnline. "She is on a $15 million contract, which is absurd given that there's been no huge surge in the ratings. Problem is, when Britney signed that contract she expected to make more if an extension for a third season was agreed. That won’t be the case now, and it is highly unlikely Britney will accept a pay decrease."

So, why does The X Factor have such a tight budget going into its third season? "Producers were hoping to pull in between 15-20 million viewers but the show hasn’t reached those expectations and in a recent episode that clashed with the World Series only 5.7 million watched," the source explains. "Those numbers add up to cost cutting and Britney will be expendable... It just doesn't make sense to spend all that money on Britney when Simon Cowell will undoubtedly be able to find another high-profile judge to replace her at a fraction of the cost."

A world where Britney Spears is "expendable" isn't a world we want to live in.

Source: RadarOnline