Monday, January 30, 2012

Paula Abdul, Nicole Scherzinger & Steve Jones gone from X Factor

The team at the US version of The X Factor cleaned house on Monday.

Judges Paul Abdul, Nicole Scherzinger and host Steve Jones are all gone.

E Online broke most of the news on Monday, while Jones tweeted his announcement.

“I won’t be hosting next season’s X Factor, which is a shame but I can’t complain as I've had a great time. Good luck to everyone on the show,” posted the former host.

As for Cowell’s longtime pal Paula Abdul, "She found out today," a show source tells E Online. "At this point, the only ones staying are Simon [Cowell] and L.A. Reid."

Another source confirms to E! News that both Paula and Nicole were not renewed, "Simon wants to take the show in a different direction," says the insider.

The second season of X Factor is set to debut later this year.