Paula Abdul, Simon Cowell speak on 'X Factor' changes
January 31st, 2012
03:07 PM ET

Paula Abdul, Simon Cowell speak on 'X Factor' changes

After a number of outlets whispered that Paula Abdul is parting ways with the "X Factor" after only one season, the judge/mentor is confirming the news herself.

"Yes, it's true; I won't be returning to 'The X Factor' next season. I’ve learned through my longevity in this industry that business decisions often times override personal considerations," Abdul says in a statement. "Simon [Cowell] and I, along with Fox and Fremantle, have been communicating about this for a while now, and I have absolute understanding of the situation."

Abdul, who previously worked with Cowell on Fox's other reality competition, "American Idol," says that the tough Brit judge "will remain a dear friend of mine and I’ve treasured my experience working this past season with my extended family at Fox and Fremantle. I want nothing more than for 'The X Factor' to exceed ALL of their wildest dreams. This truly has been a blessing and I am most grateful.”

Mike Darnell, the president of alternative entertainment for Fox, chimed in with a statement of his own, calling Abdul a "remarkable talent."

"We love Paula...and we appreciate all of her contributions," he said. "We're lucky that she is a part of the Fox family, and we look forward to working with her again soon."

On Monday, the network confirmed that judge/mentor Nicole Scherzinger and host Steve Jones are also not returning for "X Factor's" second season.

Jones remarked via Twitter Monday that it's "a shame" that he won't be hosting "X Factor" next season, but added that he couldn't complain because he's had a great time doing it. For her part, Scherzinger's said that she plans to focus on her music career.

And Cowell? He'd like to offer his former colleagues a "massive thank you" for their efforts.

He says in a statement, "We had a lot of fun making the show together, and importantly, we found some real talent and stars." And, as Abdul noted, he says that his friendship with her will go unchanged.

"Paula, in particular, is a very close friend and I expect to be working with her on another project in the near future," Cowell says. "I'm sure all three are going to have massive success in what they do next, but now is the time to thank them all for everything they did last year."

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  8. magpie

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    February 9, 2012 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Kathryn (Kathy) (Bogala)

    Too bad – they are all great judges and entertaining to watch!

    February 2, 2012 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  10. M


    February 2, 2012 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  11. England Forever


    Do you Brits have your own version of Sarah Palin? Someone who is a public laughing stock and complete oaf?"

    Ummm, really, you're actually asking this. Take your pick, this is Britain, we have loads of public oafs... A good one for the moment (think about london 2012 olympics) would be Boris Johnson, our London Mayor.

    February 1, 2012 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
  12. England Forever

    Pop Idol, X factor, Britains got talent, red or black etc, etc, etc..... In my opinion thery are truly awful programs, that show it's not about the talent of the performers, it's all about the money the promoter can get out of them. I never watch them, they are just a real pain. Personally I wouldn't put it past them to fix the resuts anyway. Look at Britains got talent 2nd placed winner year before last Susan Boyle – I don't believe she should even have got into the finals, she was awful. But someone saw some money didn't they.
    Alas, you now have all of these lovely programs, American versions, but surely they must be a bad as the British originals???

    As a Brit I am so sorry........

    February 1, 2012 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
  13. John

    Too bad about the adorably relaxed and surprisingly cogent Paula Abdul:( Nicole was a sweetheart but a tad grandiose and contributed little to the X factor experience. Good riddance to the wild eyed tweaker-robot Steve, whom I'm sure was fired (after all, Simon called him a replaceable pengiun live on national TV – lol)!! Thank goodness X factor retained the uber connected and oh-so-cool LA Reid! LA reid would have been impossible to replace as far as that show's credibility is concerned. Peace!

    February 1, 2012 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Nicole Scherzinger and Simon go back to England

    XFactor is terrible and we not need English people to come here and isult us. go back to Englands u idiots.

    February 1, 2012 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • England Forever

      No please keep Simon, really, we don't want him back yet. please just give a few more years!!!

      Isn't Nicole Scherzinger American??? I'm sure she isn't British! – Well, she doesn't sound British.....

      February 1, 2012 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  15. SawItComing

    Once Idol debuted with good numbers XF surely realized their show is the issue, not just a change in viewing habits. You knew Jones was gone – starting about the 4th episode, after every song, when he talked to the talent they zoomed to close-ups of the talent and cut him out of the camera view. Makes it easier to show clips from the past year in the future. Smart move by the producer!

    February 1, 2012 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
  16. James

    Paula, Nicole and Simon should stay and LA and the host be gone!!!

    February 1, 2012 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Byteme

    Oh my god! Who cares?!?!?

    February 1, 2012 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Ummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm really???

    It's time to get back to substantive television and stop these stupid reality shows

    February 1, 2012 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
    • WhereHaveYouBeen

      Television is mainly for ENTERTAINMENT. Other than the news – which is sensationalized as well – programs are created more so to entertain as opposed to inform. Watch PBS, or C-Span if you want substance. There are 300 channels, use the remote for goodness sakes.

      February 1, 2012 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
  19. No More X Factor/The VOice

    The X Faxtor and The Voice, in my opinion are the most boring and useless shows, glad Paula is gone , hope Simon goes back to England as well. Paula needs to sober up.

    February 1, 2012 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
  20. Eagle Eye

    If Paula Abdul is suppose to be this great singer and dancer why doesn't she go on DWTS to see how good really can dance. Or here's another one why doesn't she go on American Idol as a contestant to see if she can win a singing contract. As for now and in the futrue Paula Abdul is a NOBODY. Her only claim to fame is that she was a Laker Cheerleader that's it. How many albums has she released in the last 5 years I haven't herad of any. I know that American Idol doesn't want her back. Maybe her next gig can can judging dog shows.

    February 1, 2012 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Historyisolderthan5years

      By your logic, Abe Lincoln is a "NOTHING" as well. He hasn't done anything in the last 5 years either. She may be irrelevant in today's music world, but she had her place in the past. And you?

      February 1, 2012 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • heliocracy

      I actually agree that Paula wouldn't make it through the first round on either Idol or X, she never was that good as a singer and tended to use the auto-tune a lot. It's wrong, though, to say her only claim to fame is being a Laker may not be old enough to remember, but she was a pretty big pop star in the 80's, and that was after being a very successful choreographer for big-name music videos.

      February 1, 2012 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
  21. GoogleyEyed

    I bet we'll see Cat Deeley either as host or somewhere in the mix. Just no Mariah Carey...ugh...enough of that wench.

    February 1, 2012 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
  22. ItAllSucks

    This show is just another of a doxen singing/jtalent shows. The concept is old and boring now. The X Factor was particularly boring and uninteresting.

    February 1, 2012 at 9:01 am | Report abuse |
  23. Ginger

    I think Paula worked her butt off on that show, and to get put to the curb is a disgrace. I hope the show fails miserably.

    February 1, 2012 at 8:22 am | Report abuse |
  24. The One Who Knows

    Wow, I think I just heard a political speech where one party will not be campaigning further and the opposing party gives glowing rhetoric...either that or witnessed two bitter parties suc**ng each other off in a bad adult movie.

    Oh, I know I'm fired, but I just LOVED working for you and wish nothing but the best for y'all (batting eyes)...

    And we hate you, but we appreciate the dedication and entertainment you gave us (coy smile)...

    Someone pass me the pepto!

    February 1, 2012 at 8:20 am | Report abuse |
  25. dustmopinsky

    RONINSF.....still screaming[using caps you numbskull boobinsky] the letters "SF" stand for what i think they stand for?????

    February 1, 2012 at 7:46 am | Report abuse |
  26. ratzazz

    what!?! is this worn out overated boring time killer.... staffed by no talent boobs.....fouling tv screens with no talent wanna-be's??!! thank god for sat-tv.

    February 1, 2012 at 7:43 am | Report abuse |
  27. Jt_flyer

    Idol and X factor are spent. Ratings are dropping.

    February 1, 2012 at 6:17 am | Report abuse |
  28. Metermaid

    Too much crying and drama from Paula and Nicole.....and not enough talent. And all the judges were way too nice, not at all honest. They should just cancel the show! In my humble opinion, that is.

    February 1, 2012 at 2:29 am | Report abuse |
  29. georgiegirl

    I really like Simon Cowell, especially when he was on the American Idol. I watched the X-Factor a couple of times, and I thought it was terrible. Well, maybe not terrible, but it sure was boring.....

    February 1, 2012 at 2:09 am | Report abuse |
  30. Metermaid

    That show was the worst... that's probably why the girls are leaving....Who cares anyway!

    February 1, 2012 at 1:38 am | Report abuse |

    She can't hold a show long....too much drugs.....

    January 31, 2012 at 11:14 pm | Report abuse |
  32. IndyMike

    Paula Abdul still hasn't figured out that being a former Laker Girl doesn't prepare one to do anything useful. She can't stick with a show even if it is a hit. She is hot but she is not the hottest thing out there. There are thousands of hotter women in LA and NY working at Starbucks. She needs to shed the diva act and get a real job. What a total loser.

    January 31, 2012 at 11:10 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Sokman

    Here's a concept for change... Take this rubbish back across the pond

    January 31, 2012 at 9:53 pm | Report abuse |
  34. mjsmith

    Na na naaaa, na, na na naaa na, Hey Heeeey goodbye!

    January 31, 2012 at 9:50 pm | Report abuse |
  35. please

    The Simon Cowell Factor.

    January 31, 2012 at 9:21 pm | Report abuse |
  36. anne

    too bad about Paula. I doubt I would watch the show again. it was fun to see her again as a judge. she made the show. I didn't care about the other judges. too bad Simon is losing his mind. just get the show off the air.

    January 31, 2012 at 8:49 pm | Report abuse |
  37. Pablo

    Bunch of meaningless trivia.

    January 31, 2012 at 7:33 pm | Report abuse |
  38. tnmtl

    The great contestants and Paula were the only reasons I didn't flip the channel. I'm so sick of the pompous Cowel, and clamor for the mute button when ever he speaks. The show was nothing more than an "I'VE got the biggest ego" contest among the judges...probably won't watch this stinker again this year.

    January 31, 2012 at 7:32 pm | Report abuse |
  39. Jowl

    Glad to see sherzinger and that wooden host guy go..

    January 31, 2012 at 7:03 pm | Report abuse |
  40. junebugj

    Everyone left but the one who needed to. The ass, bigot, LA. Good God Simon, what are you thinking?

    January 31, 2012 at 7:01 pm | Report abuse |
  41. Miranda

    Stupid move whoever thought this one up, the only thing getting them the ratings they had were people watching the show Simon and Paula put on at the judges table. Without their picking at each other they'll lose viewers.

    January 31, 2012 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
  42. Rodney in Dallas

    Fire that racist LA Reid!

    January 31, 2012 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |


      February 1, 2012 at 1:52 am | Report abuse |
    • dd12

      I was wishing for Nicole, Steve & LA to leave – 2 out of 3 isn't bad. I also hope they are revamping the elimination part of the program – horrible. I ended up boycotting the show because of how poorly the show was done.

      February 1, 2012 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
  43. BL

    This is a brilliant concept for a TV show-if it were 2001!

    January 31, 2012 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
  44. Artie

    I caught a glimpse of this spectacle and it was pure trash. That Drew who thanked her Lord and Saviour after being dropped. What garbage! Anyone who cares about this nonsense is a fool.

    January 31, 2012 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Donny

      Like anyone who cares enough to leave a reply to an article about the show? or just anyone who watches the show? Fool.

      January 31, 2012 at 6:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • tom

      I watched the show out of curiosity and was SO over AI and it's ridiculous clowns at the judges table...this was even worse. Overproduced, obnoxious and the audience never shut up for a second. Actually liked Paula...couldn't stand Nicole, LA and even Simon was worse than he ever was on AI. Maybe a complete retool will help...but I doubt it.

      February 1, 2012 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • c

      show is silly and does not help your brain move. i need substantial tv.

      February 2, 2012 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  45. Billy Rae

    I didnt know she can sing.

    January 31, 2012 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |


    January 31, 2012 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rodney in Dallas

      You were floored by the news that Steve Jones got fired? Really? He was HORRIBLE at his job. He was horrible to watch.

      January 31, 2012 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
  47. Snarky

    Oh well. Not like she was ever talented to begin with.

    January 31, 2012 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      She was an top choreographer, a Laker Girl, and at the top of the charts some 20 years ago, you child. No, she's not a rocket scientist, but what have you ever done?

      January 31, 2012 at 10:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Question

      @John.... Snarky probably works at a job and ACTUALLY contributes to society in a small way. Abdul gets overpaid to weigh in her "oppinion" on some thing that wont ever really matter and effect us in any real way.

      February 1, 2012 at 12:12 am | Report abuse |
    • ChuckF

      Actually Paula was EXTREMELY talented in her younger years! The comment by 'The Question' shows how little they know about our economy in that Paula generated more retail sales than 99.9% of the population. So Paula made jobs possible for the people that made the record, made the packaging for the record, shipped the record, sold the record, sold groceries,gasoline, houses etc to the people that sold, shipped and sold the record. I really doubt that Snarky will ever contribute to society as much as Paula has.

      February 1, 2012 at 12:49 am | Report abuse |
    • @ The Question

      Either you ARE Snarky or you're just an idiot.

      That job must not mean much to him or be working out well for him if he's always online to make negative comments.

      February 1, 2012 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
  48. Atawewe

    Reblogged this on the1tvjunkie.

    January 31, 2012 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
  49. Lo Jenk

    January 31, 2012 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • catcab

      Host Steve was obnoxious and could use a personality remake. He added nothing to the show. He needs to go back and figure what he wants to do with his life. Hosting is not his forte!!!! On another note, Paula was wonderful...full of caring and sensitivity.

      January 31, 2012 at 11:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • ?

      How I reports it. No but seriously, delete your Youtube account immediately.

      February 1, 2012 at 12:36 am | Report abuse |
  50. moonspinner

    another project?? enough aleady!

    January 31, 2012 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |

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