The singer has been at the centre of numerous tabloid allegations about his behaviour behind-the-scenes in recent months and it's alleged that his actions have annoyed the show's execs.
However, according to The Mirror, Maloney's latest bust-up with exec producer Mark Sidaway almost led to the Liverpudlian hopeful pulling out of the reality series.
Sidaway is accused by the newspaper of calling Maloney's poor timekeeping "f**king unacceptable" and allegedly had a shouting match with the contestant.
A source told the paper: "It hurt Christopher and made him consider if he should carry on. Others are late and nothing is said."
The X Factor continues this weekend with a Guilty Pleasures-themed special.
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