LOS ANGELES (LALATE) – Paula Abdul’s The X Factor exit is shocking fans today. Paula Abdul is not returning for The X Factor USA’s second season, claims reports. FOX has yet to confirm the casting news. In fact, only the show’s creator Simon Cowell and LA Reid are reportedly returning. Steve Jones, Paula, and Nicole Scherzinger have all been cut from the show, claims multiple news reports this morning.
One news report claims that Cowell recently met with show producers in his home to discuss the future of the U.S. series. He reportedly was unhappy the way the first season progressed and about its ratings future. He reportedly had producers send pink slips to cast members. Steve Jones first confirmed his news yesterday. “I won’t be hosting next season Factor which is a shame but I can’t complain as I’ve had a great time.”
Initially FOX confirmed the exit of Nicole and Steve. But Nicole is claiming she left the show, not that she was let go. “She wants to focus on her music career,” a source tells E! “She’s spoken to Simon [Cowell] and he’s given her his blessing.”
The future of former judge Cheryl Cole also remains unclear. She was originally given a seat for season one, only to be cut later and replaced by Scherzinger. Cowell previously told news “We change these shows all the time.” Cowell reportedly is determined to ink major musicians to join the season two cast.
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