Cheryl Cole '£1.2million gagging deal'
But in return she must agreen not to bad-mouth the show or Simon Cowell in public. The deal would mean the Geordie Girls Aloud star could collect a golden goodbye worth £25,000 an hour.
One insider said: “Cheryl is going to be paid off if things go to plan.
“The last thing we need is someone with an axe to grind saying bad things about the show before it even starts.