Simon Cowell Fires Paula Abdul From X Factor
Paula Abdul will not be a part of The X Factor's next season.
According to E! News, the long-time reality show judge has not been renewed for the 2012 edition show, which means that next season's X Factor line-up will have several new faces, as co-hosts Steve Jones and Nicole Sherzinger had already been fired earlier. The news of her departure from X Factor's judge panel has been confirmed by Fox network and Abdul herself.
The decision to let her go comes as a major shock as the former American Idol judge is a close friend of X Factor creator Simon Cowell.
One of E! News' inside source told them: "She found out today. At this point, the only ones staying are Simon and L.A. Reid."
"Simon wants to take the show in a different direction," a separate informer revealed.
Could it be a negotiation strategy by Fox to get Abdul to lower down her salary demands? The general belief is that this surprising parting of ways is a product of artistic differences and is pretty much genuine.
The news also baffled Nigel Lythgoe, who immediately recorded his response on micro-blogging website Twitter.com. "Shocked to see Simon has fired Paula Abdul, Nicole and Steve from the X-Factor," he tweeted.
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