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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Really sorry to see Paula go.
Too bad – they are all great judges and entertaining to watch!
ITS NOT REALLY SUBTANTIAL TELEVISION...WHO CARES
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.
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........
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!
XFactor is terrible and we not need English people to come here and isult us. go back to Englands u idiots.
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.....
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!
Paula, Nicole and Simon should stay and LA and the host be gone!!!
Oh my god! Who cares?!?!?
It's time to get back to substantive television and stop these stupid reality shows
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.
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.
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.
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?
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 girl...you 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.
I bet we'll see Cat Deeley either as host or somewhere in the mix. Just no Mariah Carey...ugh...enough of that wench.
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.
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.
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!
RONINSF.....still screaming[using caps you numbskull boobinsky]....do the letters "SF" stand for what i think they stand for?????
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.
Idol and X factor are spent. Ratings are dropping.
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.
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.....
That show was the worst... that's probably why the girls are leaving....Who cares anyway!
She can't hold a show long....too much drugs.....
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.
Here's a concept for change... Take this rubbish back across the pond
Na na naaaa, na, na na naaa na, Hey Heeeey goodbye!
The Simon Cowell Factor.
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.
Bunch of meaningless trivia.
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.
Glad to see sherzinger and that wooden host guy go..
Everyone left but the one who needed to. The ass, bigot, LA. Good God Simon, what are you thinking?
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.
Fire that racist LA Reid!
YOU ARE SO CORRECT.. LA REID IS A RACIST AND A VERY BAD ONE AT THAT.
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.
This is a brilliant concept for a TV show-if it were 2001!
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.
Like anyone who cares enough to leave a reply to an article about the show? or just anyone who watches the show? Fool.
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.
show is silly and does not help your brain move. i need substantial tv.
I didnt know she can sing.
BUMMER ABOUT PAULA AND HOST STEVE. I HAD A FEELING NICOLE WAS NOT RETURNING, BUT THE OTHER TWO JUST FLOORED ME. I MAY NOT WATCH THIS SHOW WITH THE EVER-CHANGING JUDGES... MAY BE TIME TO HANG UP THESE MUSIC REALITY SHOWS ALTOGETHER.
You were floored by the news that Steve Jones got fired? Really? He was HORRIBLE at his job. He was horrible to watch.
Oh well. Not like she was ever talented to begin with.
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?
@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.
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.
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.
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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.
How I reports it. No but seriously, delete your Youtube account immediately.
another project?? enough aleady!
Seriously – does ANYONE care?