Simon Cowell is reportedly making major changes to The X Factor. Reports indicate the former American Idol judge has decided to axe Paula Abdul along with Nicole Scherzinger and Steve Jones. Jones confirmed his departure from the show on Monday and a Fox spokesperson confirmed Scherzinger’s exit, but rumors about Abdul’s status as an X Factor judge have not been addressed.
Cowell invited Abdul to join the judge’s panel along with himself, Scherzinger and LA Reid after she left American Idol in 2009. “I missed her the second she left (Idol). Always loved working with her even though she can be a pain. I don’t know what it is about her, but I’ve always clicked with her. You just have to get that chemistry, and she’s right. I’ve never found anyone better than her,” he said at the time.
Neither Cowell nor Abdul has commented. The first season of The X Factor wrapped up last December with Melanie Amaro being declared the winner. The second season will premiere this fall.