Earlier today we learned that Simon Cowell made the executive decision to fire Paula Abdul, Nicole Scherzinger and Steve Jones from The X Factor and right now we get to read his just released official statement on the firings. Simon’s statement is short but is full of thank yous and love … but no sign of apologies. Simon maintains that he plans on working again with Paula Abdul on a new project in the future. Paula, for her part, has been very magnanimous about her very public axing from The X Factor. Click below to read the full text of Simon Cowell’s statement and read what Paula has to say on her official Twitter profile.
“I want to say a massive thank you to Paula, Nicole and Steve for being part of the ‘X Factor’ last year. You do develop friendships with the people you work with and Paula, in particular, is a very close friend and I expect to be working with her on another project in the near future.”
If memory serves, Simon say the same thing about working with Paula in the future back when she got fired from American Idol … and he did keep his word … I guess. I dunno, tho … it seems like if I were Paula Abdul, I’d shy away from working with Simon Cowell in this kind of capacity again. How much of this kind of thing can one person take from their “friend”? Here is what Paula has to say about her X Factor firing:
Yes, it’s true; I won’t be returning to The X Factor next season. / I’ve learned through my longevity in this industry that business decisions often times override personal considerations… / Simon & I, along with Fox & Fremantle, have been communicating about this for a while now, & I have absolute understanding of the situation. / Simon is, and will remain a dear friend of mine… / …and I’ve treasured my experience working this past season with my extended family at Fox and Fremantle. / I want nothing more than for The X Factor to exceed ALL of their wildest dreams. This truly has been a blessing and I am most grateful.
See what I mean? Paula is being magnanimous to a fault … well, at least publicly. Man, I just can’t help but feel so sorry for poor Paula. I guess we’ll have to see where she goes from here … and we’ll have to wait and see what the new face of The X Factor will look like come season 2.0