After so-so ratings (they weren’t bad but FOX expected more) Simon Cowell has gone on an axing spree with his new show.
Nicole Scherzinger and Steve Jones have been axed but they aren’t the only ones not coming back to X Factor next season.
Believe it or not, Fox has informed Simon Cowell’s longtime homey Paula Abdul she won’t be needed for the next show.
At this point, the only ones staying are Simon and L.A. Reid.
Fox and Cowell are determined to make changes to the series after a first season that performed solidly, but fell short of what many felt was the show’s high potential given its ratings dominance in the UK (Factor delivers about 12.6 million viewers for its Wednesday episodes).
The events cap weeks of speculation about whether Scherzinger and Jones will continue on the show. Abdul’s future with the series has been speculated about too, but less so — especially given her longtime friendship and working history with Factor judge and executive producer Simon Cowell.
Nigel Lythgoe was also shocked by the news, tweeting, “Shocked to see Simon has fired Paula Abdul, Nicole and Steve from the X-Factor.”