Paula Abdul Confirms Getting Axed By ‘X Factor’

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After reports hit that Paula Abdulmay also be leaving The X Factor along with her fellow female judge Nicole Scherzinger, the 49-year-old TV personality’s rep confirmed the news to

“Yes, it’s true; I won’t be returning to The X Factor next season,” the former American Idol judge said in a statement to the website. A source close to People disclosed: 

“She was fired, but everything is amicable. They had fun last season, but the show’s evolved.”

Though seemingly close friends with the show’s executive producer Simon Cowell, she still didn’t manage to hold her seat at the judges’ table. However, no hard feelings for Paula. “Simon and I, along with Fox and Fremantle, have been communicating about this for a while now, and I have absolute understanding of the situation.”

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