Simon Fires Practically Everyone From X Factor

Paula Abdul, Nicole Scherzinger, Steve Jones all get the boot
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 31, 2012 9:02 AM CST
In this Sept. 14, 2011 image from Fox, judges, from left, Nicole Sherzinger, Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul, and LA Reid attend "The X Factor" screening at the Arclight Cinerama Dome in Los Angeles.   (AP Photo/FOX, Frank Micelotta, FILE)
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(Newser) – It was a "bloodbath" at X Factor yesterday, Nikki Finke writes at Deadline, with host Steve Jones and judges Nicole Scherzinger and Paula Abdul all getting the ax. Apparently Simon Cowell himself made the decision to clean house, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Cowell and LA Reid are the only two judges who will return for the second season of the reality competition, which has garnered not-great ratings. Insiders tell the Reporter Abdul was seen as "irrelevant to the mix," and add that Cowell wants bigger celebrities on the panel. (Read more X Factor stories.)

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