The X Factor Fires Paula Abdul, Nicole Scherzinger, and Steve Jones

Unless your name is Simon Cowell, today was not a good day to work at Fox's The X Factor. The singing competition did some major housecleaning today, firing three faces of the franchise.

First up was host Steve Jones, who announced his exit via Twitter:

I wont be hosting next seasons XFactor which is a shame but I cant complain as I've had a great time. Good luck to everyone on the show.

Less than an hour later, word spread that judge Nicole Scherzinger wouldn't be returning to the show either. And just a few hours after that, the show's biggest name (at least to anyone who loved saccharine dance-R&B; in the early '90s) became a ghost of The X Factor's past: That's right, Paula Abdul will not be back for Season 2. According to Deadline, all three moves were straight-up firings.

That leaves producer-creator-judge Simon Cowell (who didn't fire himself) and judge L.A. Reid as the two remaining survivors. It's clear the show will see some major reconstruction before Season 2 debuts in the fall.

If you'll recall, Cowell left American Idol to import his UK hit The X Factor to America, where his ego was living large and plotting to devour the country. But even with aggressive marketing and one of the most insane credit sequences in history, the show performed far below expectations. Poor Simon may have to rent out his 15 bedrooms just to make ends meet.

Will you miss Paula, Nicole, or Steve? Who do you think The X Factor will choose to replace them?

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