The X-Factor news came fast and furious last night – first, that host Steve Jones would not be returning, then that judge Nicole Scherzinger was exiting and finally that Paula Abdul also would be shown the door. Now The Hollywood Reporter has learned that all of these major show decisions are coming from one hell of a meeting being held in the UK.
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.
The departures will leave Cowell and record producer L.A. Reid, both judges on the show, as the only returning on-air talent. I’m guessing that we’ll be seeing some BIG names joining the show this fall. Mariah, Whitney – are you looking for work?