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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will really miss Paula . i looked forward to her and Simon again. you 2 make the show
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THE PROGRAM SUCKS WITHOUT PAULA. NICOLE NEEDED TO GO AS WELL AS THE ANOUNCER. THEY SHOULD GET RID OF LA REED, I WON'T BE RETURING THIS SEASON. GIVE ME IDOL ANY DAY. SIMON IS AN IDIOT. THE SHOW WAS BOREING ANY WAY.
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Steve, Nicole and Paula WERE obnoxious . The judges should rotate mentoring contestants cause the pissing contest post is right on. Would they ever really vote off their own ? Please replace the girls with someone who promises not to cry...EVER.
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I liked the basic idea of the show.



But when they made the contestants come to their extravagant houses and sing to them personally on their lawn, it got to be a bit too "casting-couch" creepy.



Also, taking all the kids and putting them into a Glee-light "super group" was silly. As was the hyping of the kid rapper, who was good but very derivative.



Finally, I find it awkward to have teenie boppers competing with older singers. They pull it off in American Idol because the singers bond like a family and root for each other--or at least they give that impression-- while in X factor it's more cut throat.
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The X factor and the Voice will never be as big as American Idol, I did not watch X Factor at all, and the Voice I tried watching the early auditions thought the concept was totally crap!! so basically who cares about the X factor, this is one show that Fox should axe
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I respectfully disagree. I won't miss X factor if it disappears, but I found the Voice to be a lot of fun, and far less drawn out and taxing than American Idol. American Idol needs to shorten its season by at least 3 episodes, in my opinion, as it starts to get tired as the herd thins towards the end.
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What is X-Factor?
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Well, two good reasons for not watching next season. I liked Paula und Nicole best in the judging panel. I do not care for Cheryl Cole in the least she was awful in the British version (and frankly, I don't think that she'd be understood in the US ^^). I'd have fired LA Reid he was over the top annoying and put Astro through that sais it all. And Simon, he kicked Melanie out in the judges' homes round. Need I say more? They had better given the panel another go without LA.
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Nicole was way over the top with her ridiculous melodrama. She always reminded me of the scene in Airplane where the passengers are all lined up to slap the hysterical woman silly, that should have been Nicole!
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I don't think I'll be returning next season. The first season was already incredibly melodramatic and over-the-top. And sadly, enough, he just got rid of the only interesting people on the show. Steve was great because he knew when and how to shut people up, and it was hilarious watching him trying to come up with nice ways to tell Nicole, Paula, Simon, and Reid to hurry up.



Nicole was the best judge on the panel. Unlike the rest, she knew what she was talking about. She picked relatively good contestants and helped them make nice song choices and strong vocal performances (I was happy with how little flash and spectacle were in her contestants performances *cough* Simon *cough* Reid *cough*).



Paula I could do without. She was better here than she was in Idol, but she's still not all that coherent. I'm enjoying American Idol a lot more. Less melodrama. No Cowell, and a generally funny show to boot.
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I just think they went about the concept all wrong. Having the judges mentor and ultimately picking off the contestants was stupid. Especially given that America was voting. It became a big pissing match between the judges and not on the talent they had. And really, the show killed itself for me when they picked InTENsity and Lakoda Rayne over more talented groups - so obvious they wanted to push the groups they made. And America responded by ousting all groups so quickly.



Maybe if they re-did the concepts, I could take it but it just became one big giant joke.



Poor Steve though, he was probably the only sane person on the show and they canned him.
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To be honest, Cowell should just abandon the show and go back to American Idol.
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It would be best, for all of us, if they canceled this and all the shows like it. We would all be happier in the long run.
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except the people who actually have a good voice they wouldnt be happier without the shows.
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To each their own.
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I agree with a lot of folks on here. Steve was pleasant enough. The show is about the performers and judges I like that he was not over playing the part of host. As for Paula she just needs to retire. She is not doing herself any justice. As for Nichole she is a total waste of space. If not for Tivo to fast forward her and Paula's rambling nonsense I would have stopped watching altogether. I look forward to one new judge 4 is to many.
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Yawn...
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I didn't watch it. I'm tired of singing competitions. I'm tired of reality TV.
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I enjoyed the show this past season and the changes Simon made were a great idea. The host was kinda dry, Paula should've been fired when her groups were all sent home and Nicole hairdo's and outfits were more ridiculous than her comments. Hopefully he gets good judges for the fall but it really doesn't matter to me because I will still watch it. My question to Simon is, will he find a singer better than Melanie Amaro...I think not!
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steve jones was fine and shouldve continued; nicole and paula wont be missed.
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Um, the title to this post says 'Paul Abdul'. It might give people the wrong idea...
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oh wow i didn't notice that until i read your post. lol, com'mom news editor she already got canned, the least you could do is get her name right lol
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you're right, good catch! it's now fixed
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Still don't know how this crap is any different from American Idol or why anybody should care.
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I barely watched the show but even I didn't like any of the people they fired. Good choice all around. Now they need to keep the sob stories to a minimum next season and it might do better.
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wait its simons show isnt it? isnt he friends with paula, why did he not stop her firing.
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I think that he thought she would bring in ratings.
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it's his show, he can fire anyone he wants
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He clearly had a say in her firing. And who on earth says they're friends?
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Steve Jones was a good host, he just seemed like he wasn't sure how to act on American television or something. Personally I liked Paula, really I could take her or leave her but she was a better judge than Nicole. LA Reid just comes off as a pompous ass, he's incredibly annoying. He should've been the one to get fired.
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Time to give Cheryl Cole another shot.
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yes!!!

And i'll return next season only because of simon, he's the best in this kind of show
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Steve Jones was actually pretty cool, easy on my eyes :p , will be missed

Nicole & Paula, good ridabce, to me, it was Nicole the one who bothered me the most last season, and Paula, well, let her be in her parallel universe. I really hope Simon brings back Cheryl Cole, at least she is fun to watch
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ROFLMAO!!!!! Simon should have done the wise thing and stuck with Cheryl Cole. Bet he's kicking himself now.
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X Factor wasn't nearly as good as it was presented to be. With the budget they had, they came out looking like the very poor man's version of Idol, a really bad wannabe. The concept was there but execution was ridiculous. I'll stick to Idol, The Voice and The Sing-Off.
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X Factor host Steve Jones has been fired. He's like 2012's Brian Dunkleman.
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