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Simon Cowell Thanks Paula Abdul, Nicole Scherzinger & Steve Jones for Their Time on ‘The X Factor’

February 01, 2012 01:00 PM by Shayla Perry

Nicole Scherzinger…out. Paula Abdul…out. Steve Jones…out. Big changes are ahead for Season 2 of FOX‘s The X Factor, with sources saying that Simon Cowell is taking the show in a “different direction” — with L.A. Reid. But before he moves on with a new team, Cowell’s taking a moment to say, “thanks” to the people that helped make his show a success in its premiere season.

“I want to say a massive thank you to Paula, Nicole and Steve for being part of The X Factor last year,” Cowell said in a statement to Access Hollywood. “We had a lot of fun making the show together and importantly, we found some real talent and stars. 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. I’m sure all three are going to have massive success in what they do next, but now is the time to thank them all for everything they did last year.”

In her own statement, Abdul echoed Simon’s sentiment, reiterating that the two will remain close (will they just get together already?!)

Who do you think Simon Cowell should ask to replace Paula Abdul, Nicole Scherzinger, and host Steve Jones on The X Factor? Share your thoughts in the Comments section below, and be sure to come back to RTVM for the latest on the X Factor cast shake-up as it all unfolds.

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Topics: FOX Reality TV Shows, Simon Cowell, The X Factor |

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