According to The Sunday Mirror, self-appointed 'head judge' Gary Barlow has issued Simon Cowell with an ultimatum with regards to onscreen rival Louis Walsh, saying, "It's him or me."
There has always been a certain amount of panto in-fighting on The X Factor but tension between Louis and the Take That singer has been looking increasingly real as the series has progressed.
And it's led Gary to force Cowell into a decision.
An insider told the Mirror, "Gary and Louis have completely different ideas of what this show is all about. Gary wants it to be a credible singing contest and Louis sees it as entertainment.
"Although he's been outspoken defending his acts and criticising other people's, Gary hates all the pantomime rowing and thinks Louis is behind most of it."
That's not all. Mr Barlow reportedly lays the blame for Misha B's departure squarely at Louis' door after the whole bullying debacle.
The source added, "Gary is unsure about his future on the show... The thought of another year with Louis is just too much for him to bear. He says he will only consider coming back if Louis leaves."Would you prefer to see Gary or Louis on next year's panel?Gary, we want him back for goodLouis, he's got the likeability factorNeither, ditch the lot and start again
Given Simon Cowell's fondness for the Irishman, it's a dangerous game to play.
A gossip described as close to Gary, insisted the pair had been friends for years and said, "They'll always be mates whatever happens."
Wonder if that will still be true should Gary get the boot.