Paula Abdul Confirms X Factor Ouster: 'Business Decisions Override Personal Considerations'

Paula Abdul has made it official: She will not be returning for the second season of The X Factor.

The former American Idol judge and now ex-X mentor just released a carefully worded, somewhat cryptic statement that pretty much confirms that she was let go and not the other way around.

Meanwhile, the show’s star and exec producer, Simon Cowell, is speaking out for the first time about Monday’s bloodbath, which — in addition to Abdul — claimed host Steve Jones and judge Nicole Scherzinger. READ MORE

Simon Cowell Talks X Factor: 'Old Dog' Paula, 'Crucial' Back Stories, and Death to Karaoke

Honesty is the best policy when it comes to reality TV, says Simon Cowell — and that’s a rule he’s applying to Fox’s hotly anticipated singing competition The X Factor. “You’ve got to say what you think,” Cowell said in a conference call with television reporters this afternoon. “It doesn’t always make you comfortable when you watch it back [on TV], but …READ MORE