On the heels of Brit personality Steve Jones announcing that he will not be returning as host of the Stateside adaptation of The X Factor, it’s also been confirmed that Nicole Scherzinger is parting ways with the Fox series as well. And now comes word via TVLine’s sister site Deadline.com that Paula Abdul has also been shown the door.
“I won’t be hosting next season’s X Factor which is a shame, but I can’t complain as I’ve had a great time,” Jones shared on Monday evening via Twitter. “Good luck to everyone on the show.”
Not two hours later, E! Online broke the news, citing a source, that Scherzinger asked off the show where she served as a judge — and that boss man Simon Cowell has “given her his blessing.”
A Fox spokesperson confirms for TVLine both exits; replacements were not immediately named.
Abdul’s departure — which has not yet been confirmed by Fox — comes as the biggest shock, given her close friendship with Cowell and the fact that she escaped the show’s first season relatively unscathed.
Interestingly, Jones are Scherzinger were originally hired as cohosts for Season 1, but when Brit beauty Cheryl Cole, of the original X Factor, didn’t work out as a judge, Scherzinger grabbed her seat at the dais and Jones went solo.
The X Factor was renewed by Fox for a second season in early November, six weeks after its premiere to solid if not monster ratings.
Will you miss Jones and/or Scherzinger? Or did you see these Season 2 changes coming?