Talk about cleaning house!
NO ONE IS SAFE!
Perez for X Factor!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
While it seemed like little to no surprise at all, given their lackluster performances during the first season, that X Factor host Steve Jones and judge Nicole Scherzinger would not be returning for another year, sources close to the reality competition announced the inevitable last night - but shockingly, that also Paula Abdul would be let go along with them!
The insider explains that producers at Fremantle and Simon Cowell became concerned when the show performed far worse than expected in the ratings, and decided that those problems were associated with spending more money on extravagant sets than on talent, and now, they're looking for a fresh start!
"They survived this year, but it didn’t really work. So they’ve figured they have an opportunity to fix it. They expected Paula to be the goofy girl, and Nicole to be the pretty one. But Paula was so bad that it made none of it work."
Meanwhile, a FOX spokesperson has confirmed that Scherzinger and Jones are done, while Paula's departure has yet to be officially announced.
Sources reveal that they hope to have the new additions locked in by April.
These guys have one serious take-no-prisoners attitude when it comes to firing people! And we thought Chezza got it rough!
But hey! If the show isn't working, it just isn't working.
And as sad as we are to see Paula go, if this loosens up the change enough to hire someone like Mariah as a judge, then we think it's worth it! And Perez!!!!!!!!!
How about U?? Are U surprised with the latest X Factor news??
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