(LOS ANGELES) — Paula Abdul is confirming multiple reports that she will not be returning to The X Factor next season.
Paula released the following 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.”
As previously reported Fox has confirmed to ABC News Radio that both host Steve Jones and judge Nicole Scherzinger also will not be returning to the music talent show for a second season.
In a statement Mike Darnell, president of Alternative Entertainment for Fox said, “We love Paula. She is a remarkable talent and we appreciate all of her contributions. We’re lucky that she is a part of the FOX family, and we look forward to working with her again soon.”
Simon Cowell also released a statement thanking the outgoing judges and host. “I want to say a massive thank you to Paula, Nicole and Steve for being part of The X Factor last year. We had a lot of fun making the show together and importantly, we found some real talent and stars,” Cowell said. “You do develop friendships with the people you work with and Paula, in particular, is a very close friend and I expect to be working with her on another project in the near future.”
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