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Steve Jones, Nicole Scherzinger, Paula Abdul out on ‘X Factor’

In this Dec. 22, 2011 file photo, television host Steve Jones poses on the red carpet at "The X Factor" Finale show in Los Angeles. Jones said on Twitter on Monday, Jan. 30, 2012, that he wouldn’t be returning to host the show's second season. (AP Photo/Dan Steinberg, file)

In this Dec. 22, 2011 file photo, television host Steve Jones poses on the red carpet at "The X Factor" Finale show in Los Angeles. Jones said on Twitter on Monday, Jan. 30, 2012, that he wouldn’t be returning to host the show's second season. (AP Photo/Dan Steinberg, file)

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UPDATE at 7:47 a.m., January 31: Five hours ago, Nigel Lythgoe Tweeted that Simon Cowell has fired Paula Abdul? What?

UPDATE at 2:43 p.m.: Paula has officially confirmed the news with this statement:

“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 and I, along with Fox and Fremantle, have been communicating about this for a while now, and 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.”

UPDATE: 4:08 p.m. Simon has also confirmed the news, thanking everybody for their services. Mike Darnell of Fox specifically thanked Paula for her services. Nicole Tweeted her departure this afternoon as well.

We made fun of Steve Jones here relentlessly during “The  X Factor” season, probably more so than anybody this side of Sanjaya. And now he’s out, according to his Twitter page.

“I won’t be hosting next seasons X Factor which is a shame but I cant complain as I’ve had a great time. Good luck to everyone on the show.”

The fact of the matter is Steve Jones was bad at his job. And for a reality competition program with $5 million at stake, it’s an important job – at least for a TV show. He looked perpetually stressed and uncomfortable, even when he tried so hard to look relaxed and in control. He read the teleprompter with the authenticity of a politician and the joy of a wax figure. He was the anti-Seacrest, the Robo-host, the man lost in a vortex of confusion and sadness. By the third live episode, he probably realized he was toast.

During a phone press conference in the middle of the season, the poor man complained to reporters about producers barking in his ear and mistook a question comparing him to Seacrest, thinking it was a compliment. The journalist didn’t bother to correct him. Very awkward.

Bottom line: Simon Cowell goofed on that hire!

UPDATE at 10:48 a.m. Jan. 31: As for Nicole Scherzinger, Fox has confirmed to Hollywood Reporter that she it out as well. 

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She is also missing that authenticity gene. She lacks the warmth of Paula Abdul. She seemed almost redundant given Paula’s spot. Of course, she was supposed to be a co-host with Jones until Cheryl Cole was booted. I almost wish we had Cheryl. I’m certain she would have been better.


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121 comments Add your comment

MyPatootie

January 30th, 2012
11:29 pm

Now maybe they will hire an American. Just one less job going to a foreigner. Every job counts!

DanJ

January 30th, 2012
11:32 pm

Paula is also gone according to a report I read on Yahoo! I honestly hate to see her go. So far LA Reid is safe. He should go IMO!

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Jesse's Girl

January 30th, 2012
11:49 pm

sugar — i honestly don’t care for this show…..

it seemed like it took them 11 months to pick a winner….every time you turned on the tv ANOTHER episode was on ….

YIKES!!!!!

Jenny

January 31st, 2012
12:09 am

They needed to do something. “The X Factor” is a terrible terrible show.
http://mankabros.com/blogs/onmedea/2011/11/08/the-x-factor-is-terrible/

Rick'd

January 31st, 2012
12:59 am

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Jessie

January 31st, 2012
1:38 am

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Will

January 31st, 2012
4:33 am

This show was a total sham. When Simon kept that young kid that refused to sing on one of the elimination episodes, I thought this is a total sham. If Simon doesn’t kick him to the curb for that attitude, this show is totally bogus. And sure enough, Simon let him stay. Could NOT believe it. The judges never got real with any of the contestants when it was totally warranted, they just kissed each contestants butt at judging time. The show was full of no-talents and the judges acted like each one was the next Mick Jagger. It was disgusting and a huge waste of time.

Deirdre

January 31st, 2012
7:41 am

Morning!

Hip Hip Hooray on the anti-Seacrest’s firing!

I may actually give X-F another try IF LA Reid is booted.

Paula? She(surprisingly) was the only decent judge on the show.

Nicole seems to be universally disliked so she can go.

That leaves Simon who was the worst! Why? Because he(as the show’s owner) put on a circus instead of a contest.

1. Fake arguments between the judges….Simon, if you’re going to have scripted arguments at least hire actors as judges. It might feel real.

2. Too many back-up singers. How do we know if someone can carry a tune without help?

3. Too many dancers…some of which seemed to have been located at the neighborhood strip club.

4. Too many lights. Frankly I don’t know why the show hasn’t been sued for causing seizures.

5. Too many fires. How many times can we see fire shooting up behind a singer and still be impressed.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying he should cut all the razz-ma-tazz completely. Just TONE IT DOWN!

Highlander

January 31st, 2012
7:44 am

Morning!

Wow, Will! Stop beating around the bush and tell us how you really feel! :lol:

Highlander

January 31st, 2012
7:50 am

If Paula is also gone, as some are reporting, I can understand it.

Although she was a bit better in her judging since Idol, she really didn’t add anything to the show.

Perhaps her initial hiring was simply a strategy by Simon to try to lure in more of the Idol audience whom he thought might want to see he and Paula back together again at the judges table.

And the ratings he expected was shooting for just didn’t arrive.

Highlander

January 31st, 2012
7:55 am

I can also understand Simon keeping L.A. Reid involved since they are both involved with Sony and L.A. has genuine experience in developing and marketing musical acts. (More so than Simon, actually!)

The only thing I didn’t like about L.A. was his inability to ‘man-up’ when it came down to critiquing his own contestants.

KenneMa

January 31st, 2012
8:17 am

Any changes should help that show. I gave it 1-2 tries and just couldn’t bear it.

commoncents

January 31st, 2012
8:19 am

Glad they got rid of Paula. Every comment she ever made sounded scripted and rehearsed, not to mention her general persona is abrasive. I feel sympathy for her, though, as she should be in a home for washed out performers.

At least Nicole is still attractive. Neither her nor Paula should have been there

amyruth

January 31st, 2012
8:37 am

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amyruth

January 31st, 2012
8:38 am

I must’ve said at least 5 times each episode-”HE’S SUCH A TOOL!”

orlando

January 31st, 2012
8:39 am

Why would he fire LA Reid? He has the most experience in picking a star than any of them…. Simon knows better than to even attempt to fire LA. But the fact of the matter is, LA doesn’t need Xfactor, he is already made a name for himself, so hush to LA firing talk… aint gonna happen.

Jen

January 31st, 2012
8:48 am

Fire la. He has no clue up there

sherry

January 31st, 2012
8:49 am

Never watched it don’t care too. I think they should have started with a better group of judges. Paula, is a nut case. Didn’t like her on Idol.

orlando

January 31st, 2012
8:57 am

Jen, no clue??? i think that would be you…. LA Reid is pne of the most successful music execs in the business. No clue??? wow, you are delusional.

Deirdre

January 31st, 2012
8:58 am

orlando…glad you asked(and please remember that this is an opinion I hold not the be-all and end-all of decisions).

LA became focused on putting other acts down in order to benefit his own people. Most of the time, he was taunting Simon rather than giving an honest critique. He rarely had anything good to say about singers other than his crew of boys. He claimed to never “get” Melanie when, in actuality, I believe he knew she was going to beat him.

And this is where the show fails miserably. The focus is not on the singers but on what the judges do with the singers. It wasn’t about Melanie but about Simon winning. It wasn’t about Astro acting bratty but about creating controversy and ratings.

It failed as a singing contest and obviously failed as a contest amongst the judges.

DanJ

January 31st, 2012
8:59 am

Simon is crafty if nothing else. He’s keeping XF in the news just as Idol and The Voice are on or about to go on the air. The fact he kicked Paula to the curb must mean he’s going BIG. He probably will try to out diva the other shows. Christina and J-Lo are household names so there’s only a handful of female artists who are bigger names. Look for him to name the replacements as the other shows get near the finals. I’d be willing to bet he gets at least one of these three. Whitney Houston, Madonna or Mariah. I say that because thats the way Simon thinks. BIGGER IS BETTER!

While that isn’t true in real life it is in his mind! Regardless to what people think about Simon or the show he keeps the debate going and the show in the news.

me

January 31st, 2012
9:00 am

Really, I like the talent on this show. Seemed like a higher caliber than that of American Idol. The judges were like politicians: biased. Refused to ackowledge when their act did a bad job. Be real. You are paid to be a judge, so judge honestly for your salary.
To me, Paula was a little less nutty on XF than on AI. Nicole should be fired. Her inability to be real and truly judge and speak honestly, she doesn’t deserve to be there. Cut out the stupid arguments between the judges. Be honest with the talent, who cares what they are wearing, do away with all the bells and whistles and lights and dancers and focus on the talent.
That said, I stil plan on wathcing it next season, and again this year will not be watching AI.

CAP

January 31st, 2012
9:00 am

Really looked forward to the show, however, after a couple of episodes, I ended up hating it!!! I didn’t like the judges, their picks of the talent! The whole format was awful and the host was even worse..don’t think I will ever watch it again…I know I won’t if they put Howard Stern on as a judge….he is a scumbag!!!!!

SMITTYSTHEMAN

January 31st, 2012
9:04 am

Hey Simon — this the AMERICAN version of X Factor. Get an AMERICAN host. Also, I agree with a previous writer — the contestants became second fiddle because it became the same old song and dance every single week. It became ALL about the judges and their bickering among each other, leaving the contestants standing up on stage feeling like “Hey what about me? I’m the contestant here!” It was pathetic, along with the judges only thinking THEIR contestant should win and not being impartial and objective with ALL the contestants. If that format doesn’t change, I won’t be watching. I’ll take American Idol any day. The talent is much better and it’s a REAL singing contest.

JackDennis

January 31st, 2012
9:08 am

Who freakin cares?

Deirdre

January 31st, 2012
9:10 am

Dan, Simon has said dozens of times that he wants Mariah…..my guess is that they’re negotiating a deal as I write this.

sharon

January 31st, 2012
9:15 am

I love X Factor. I knew when Paula and Nicole had their breakdowns, their days were numbered. LA Reid is the perfect person to be judging talent considering he’s worked with the biggest stars in music. The talent on this show was ten times better than anything on Idol. I loved the format, the productions etc. After watching this show I realize how much of a joke Idol is. I have not watched Idol yet since it started back up. Maybe I’ll tune in hollywood week. If it’s a weak top 12, I’ll tune out.

Deirdre

January 31st, 2012
9:16 am

Wow! My son, Mr Atlanta, just hit the nail on the head! David Beckham just signed a 2 year deal with the L.A. Galaxy!

I now see Mariah AND Victoria Beckham as the new judges!

Nonia

January 31st, 2012
9:22 am

Better yet, why not fire both X factor and American Idol? The sing-off reality show formats have obviously run their course-
I was done with the sing-off type of shows when Paula told an American Idol contestant that she liked his first song selection but didn’t like his second, when he in fact never sang a second song-
Season after season, the real singers get voted off the show and go on to be more successful and famous than the winner of these shows.
Everyone involved with Simon Cowell’s projects became very wealthy now the well has run dry, and it’s time to move on and end these shows-

Hold Up Just a Minute

January 31st, 2012
9:23 am

If X Factor was supposed to be a reality show – it was anything but. When judges start hacking away against performers in another judges group – without regard to the performers talent or lack there of – purely to retaliate against a judge for their negative remarks – reality left the show and the circus came to town. X Factor ended up being a show – not about talent – but about the judges and which one could outdo the other. The whole show from top to bottom – every week – was a joke and one big irritation to the performers, studio and TV audience – and completely unprofessional. It ended up being a show about the judges – showing off their homes, money and attitudes. The X Factor wasn’t about which performer had the X Factor – it was about which judge had the X Factor – meaning the most powerful – influential – important to the show and industry.

Deirdre

January 31st, 2012
9:25 am

sharon, other than Melanie, Josh, Astro and maybe Leroy, I didn’t see anyone on XF that was really good. The little girl who wanted her own bathroom was ok. The singing brothers who got eliminated on the first show were good. The young girl who made everything she sang sound exactly the same was talented in an Enya-lite kinda way. Marcus had potential but was way over-produced by LA(another reason he should go). But none of them stood out as potential stars imo.

Deirdre

January 31st, 2012
9:26 am

Nona..if you’re done with these shows don’t watch them…last time I looked, Idol was still either #1 or #2 in the ratings. Nobody is going to get rid of a show that makes that much money.

allen981

January 31st, 2012
9:29 am

Nothing compares to Idol; when another show finds a country girl from Oklahoma who’s never been out of state and turns her into a megastar, come talk to me.

Or, how about the golf course mechanic who’d been playing/singing for 3 years and knocked it out of the park?

I’d much rather watch someone trying to learn and move forward via Idol than second-tier, already been there folks looking for third and fourth chances on the other shows.

Nonia

January 31st, 2012
9:30 am

Deidre,

Read please!!!!!! Didn’t i start my staement off with “I was done with the sing-off reality show”? This means I stopped watching them-
Read next time, Ok?
Thanks-

blkshepherd

January 31st, 2012
9:32 am

@CAP

“Really looked forward to the show, however, after a couple of episodes…”

OMG!you took the words right out of my mouth. I probably would have finished your sentence with..” after a couple of episodes not only did I get lost but began to hate it.
Astro Brat really ticked me off and cause me to lose interest in the show. And some of the other not so good contestants who should have been long gone.

I had such High Hopes for the show.. sigh:-( although this season’s Idol has yet to put a Toot in my horn(all those Awful Auditions keep my TV on Mute, I guess until the final 12 when you get some half way Decent singing.

Nicole gone. Nicole who? she never made a lasting impression to me. I dont even think I would notice.

Robo Host. I will miss his Wax Like appearence and how lost and nervous he looked when situations arose.

Paula Abdul. Why was she there to begin with?

LA Reid toned down on the lip stick and gloss(since they called him out) but remains just as boring as Randy Jackson.

Waist of millions of dollars. but guess gives us something to go blah, blah, blah, about.

Devil's Advocate

January 31st, 2012
9:34 am

I haven’t watched Idol on a regular basis in years. I treated XF the same but from the few glimpses I’d say I like the XF formula better. My suggestions:

1. Reduce the background singers involvement until the final four or so.
2. Let surviving contestants move from judge to judge instead of being stuck with a single judges. This takes the focus and agendas away from the judges and puts the attention back on the contestants.
3. Keep Paula, dump Nicole and replace her with another entertainer with credibility in the business. LA will be fine with suggestion #2.

Deirdre

January 31st, 2012
9:42 am

Nonia…I did read…what I also read was, just because YOU’RE done…everyone else should be done, too and all these shows should be cancelled. That’s a little different than you choosing to not watch them. Idol will not end until it fails the ratings war. The “well” is not dry yet!

DanJ

January 31st, 2012
9:43 am

Deirdre you may be right about Victoria Beckham. I’m sure you’re right about Mariah. I wouldn’t rule out Whitney Houston IF she’s clean. Her career has tanked and she could get a boost from doing XF. Having TWO divas in Simon’s mind would blow away the other shows. Notice I said in Simon’s mind.

Personally someone older like Clive Davis would be better simply because of the respect he garners in the industry. Time will tell.

G

January 31st, 2012
9:46 am

LA REID is the only credible “judge/mentor” on the panel. Who cares if you like what he has to say or not, his skills have made stars on the pop and r&b scene. His track record speaks for itself. Getting rid of LA would be a definite downgrade.

cha cha

January 31st, 2012
9:53 am

Shes a cold hearted snake. Look into her eyes. Oh she’s been tellin lies.

G

January 31st, 2012
10:00 am

If anything, LA should leave to start his own show that focuses more on pop and r&b acts. AI has gone country, AGT is a circus, and The Voice is still undecided on the direction of genre that will dominate. So far, XF is the only show that gives an r&b artist a fair shot, but who knows how long that may last. For all other shows (especially AI), it’s a waste of time. Oh, Fantasia & Ruben is SO in the past. You will NEVER see an r&b artist win on AI again. Guaranteed!

DanJ

January 31st, 2012
10:08 am

The problem with XFactor aside from over-production numbers is that the judges were biased to a degree that it was uncomfortable to hear their comments. LA Reid and Simon were the worst offenders. I honestly thoght Paula was the best judge.

That said I will continue to watch Idol, XF and even The Voice because I enjoy music. While I have my likes and dislikes about the formats of the shows in the end I’m entertained.

However If I didn’t watch or hated a show I wouldn’t waste my time here commenting on it. Seems kinda silly to take the time to bash something you care nothing about. What does that say about you? I say that to those who the comments apply to.

JTesla

January 31st, 2012
10:14 am

One problem with the show was the focus on the judges and not on the talent. All the suggestions here for replacements would maintain that judge centered focus.

Oh and buh-bye tool (robo-host)

Jubie

January 31st, 2012
10:32 am

Xfactor will never be as good as Idol.

kelly&carriefan

January 31st, 2012
10:43 am

Well, dang. Guess the axed dropped over in XF-land. But I have to agree with D’s critique of why the show didn’t click for me as well as DanJ about the timing of this news. Just as The Voice is right about to start, which to me is XF’s main competitor. I’m basing that on the ratings I was able to find for The Voice were about 10-12million.

It will be interesting to see who Simon gets to replace Paula and Nicole. I’m not surprised Nicole is gone, when everyone started booing her on the show, I figured she’s probably be a goner. Simon needs to realize that a GOOD host is hard to find, but imperative for the success of the show. While I might not be a fan of Carson Daly these days, I do recall that he was quite popular during the TRL days. So a lot of the young demo is fairly familiar with him.

Let the replacement speculation begin! Mariah would be too much of a polarizing pick, imo. While she has a big fan base, there are a lot of folks who don’t care for her and her perceived diva ways. I am intrigued by the Victoria Beckham idea. She’s actually a lot more personable and funny than she’s been portrayed in the US media.

orlando

January 31st, 2012
10:50 am

victoria beckham??? no way, she has no talent…how can she judge??? She never sung lead on a SG song… She is all wrong… We dont need another brit as a judge anyways.

Rickster

January 31st, 2012
10:54 am

For Immediate Release:

Hollywood, CA: Now that he’s out at X-Factor, Steve Jones already has a new gig lined up. He’ll be
standing next to the Dunkelman and Carson Daly figures in the “Guys that never should have never hosted a show” exhibit at Madame Tussauds Wax Museum.

“It’s a perfect fit for us both,” said Tussaud CEO Bill Board. “He gets a paying gig, and we don’t have to go through the time and expense of making a wax figure. It’s a win-win!”

Unlike the wax-only figures, Jones will actually get to interact with visitor, repeating his well know catch-phrases like, “we need a decision, Paula,” “tell us how you’re feeling” and reminding the visitors that they can move through the museum “in no particular order.”

“The only down side” says Board is “there’s only one Steve Jones. We’d love to put him on display in other museums, but we realize that Hollywod – the home of stars, has-beens and never weres – is the natural place for this collection.”

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