Simon Cowell Releases A Statement About The ‘X Factor’ Bloodbath


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.

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  • Tonya

    I’m legit shocked about Paula, I actually quite liked her on xfactor and I will miss her next season. Nicole and Steve however…not so sad about that. Can’t wait to see who comes on board.

  • Krissy

    Shouldn’t Nicole and Paula be used to this kind of behavior from Simon? He did similar things with Paula on Idol and Cheryl Cole on her role on X Factor. I am not a fan of either show, but this doesn’t seem that surprising.

  • james

    was “magnanimous” on your word of the day calender today?

    • @james — Word of the Day Toilet paper. Tomorrow’s word is: superfluous. And, I’m kidding ;)

  • romesf415

    I heard Simon is trying to get Mariah Carey on board!!!!

  • Megan

    Although I highly doubt it, I wish they would bring Cheryl Cole back on. She was an amazing judge on the UK XFactor and she would have done a MUCH better job than Nicole on the US one!

  • yes poor paula abdul. now she can’t make millions talking out of her a…

    i don’t really care about stuff like this. she’ll get another job in hollyweird.

  • naz

    can’t wait foe the new faces! they should get Christina Aguilera!

  • Jo

    Kylie Minogue should replace Paula