Simon Cowell is cleaning house on X-Factor. It was reported earlier today that Nicole Scherzinger had been fired from the talent show and now it has been confirmed that Paula Abdul will also be leaving the show.
Speculation about Abdul’s departure started this morning when it was announced that Scherzinger and host Steve Jones had been fired. Cowell had promised 20 million viewers for “The X Factor” but the show only managed to bring in an average of 12 million viewers per show, well behind its competitor “American Idol.” Cowell is reportedly looking for bigger names to fill the vacant judges chairs.
Abdul released a statement saying:
“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… Simon and I, along with Fox and Fremantle, have been communicating about this for a while now, and I have absolute understanding of the situation.”
At the moment, Cowell and L.A. Reid are the only two people returning to “The X Factor” next season.
“Simon is, and 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.”
Do you think Cowell is making the right move by getting rid of the majority of people working on “The X Factor?”