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Paula Abdul confirms X Factor exit

2012-02-01 13:07

Los Angeles - Paula Abdul has confirmed she is leaving US X Factor.

The 49-year-old star - who has been axed along with fellow judge Nicole Scherzinger and host Steve Jones - said her time as a panellist on the programme has been a "blessing" and she will still remain "dear friends" with show boss Simon Cowell, despite hinting she would've liked to have stayed on the show.

She said in a 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 [Cowell] and I, along with Fox and [producers] Fremantle, have been communicating about this for a while now, and I have absolute understanding of the situation."

 A dear friend

''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."

A Fox spokesperson recently confirmed the departure of Nicole and Steve, who admitted he'd had a "great time" presenting the programme.

He wrote on Twitter: "I wont be hosting next seasons XFactor which is a shame but I cant complain as I've had a great time. Good luck to everyone on the show. (sic)"

Simon is said to be keen to "take the show in a different direction" with only LA Reid still guaranteed a place on the judging panel for next year as things stand. (C) BANG Media International publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

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