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Paula Abdul

FIRED from 'X Factor' ...

And Simon Hasn't Called

1/31/2012 7:53 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Paula Abdul was fired from the X factor
Paula Abdul
got the ax from "X Factor" ... TMZ has learned.

It's a stunning development, given that Simon Cowell personally recruited Paula after she was booted from "American Idol."

Sources also tell TMZ ... Paula got the news from a lawyer connected with the show, and has yet to hear from Simon.

Paula's pink slip now sits on top of those delivered to Nicole Scherzinger and Steve Jones.

Our sources say Simon has not found replacements for the cast members who got booted.

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Paula just issued a statement, claiming she harbors no hard feelings toward Simon over the split -- "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."

Paula adds, "Simon is, and will remain, a dear friend of mine and I’ve treasured my experience working this past season."

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16.

Patterson23    

No shocker here.. Paula is part of what's wrong with this country.. She's like that annoying soccer mom who believes every kid is star,and should be given a trophy for coming in last place!

995 days ago
17.

AlwaysOnTimeB    

I agree with their decision. Paula and Nicole were feeding off of each other's negative attitudes. They constantly ganged up on young women they seem to feel threatened by. It didn't matter if they could sing or not. Steve Jones was just to boring for words.

995 days ago
18.

TB    

FANFRICKINGTASTIC! The Three Amigos, Dumb, Dumber and Ms. BRAINLESS are gone!?!? WAY TO GO SIMON!!!

995 days ago
19.

Sadistic    

When is HE getting fired? Seriously, i dont even know why that guy is a celeb to start with. He has NO TALENT, and yet, he s worth million!!!! He s just a bully with an over sized ego. Thought people hated bullies. Wishing someone would just shoot him between the eyes.

995 days ago
20.

TLuV *U*    

OMG !! NO WAY, I AM SO UPSET RIGHT NOW. PAULA MAKES THE SHOW! shes so funny and her statements are from another Planet ... and im lost becuz Simon wanted her on the show ? WTF ? oh well, Maybe he HIT and it wasnt Good, lol.. im kidding but seriously, Wat went wrong ? and he hasnt even called her, thats Messed up Sim Coward !!!!!!!!

995 days ago
21.

LaLaLand    

They had to make room for Mariah Carey, that stage is just not big enough. #diva

995 days ago
22.

trinity911    

That's too bad. She was the one who offset the male posturing between Simon and LA.

I hate the format of X Factor, as the mentoring does nothing but set up situations for judge bias. At the very least, mentors should alternate from week-to-week to help cut down on that.

I think Nicole is just too kindhearted to be a judge, and wish her the best in her career.

Like LA or not, he's actually in the business and can make things happen.

I was not at all impressed with the voting process the first season, and without Paula, I doubt that I'll return for the second.

995 days ago
23.

DirtySouth    

Given that Paula had the group singers and Nicole had the 30+ singers and all of the promising people from both of those groups left earlier than anyone expected, it's a no-brainer that mentoring, not talent, was the issue. Both people are so-so entertainers best and not producers. Nicole has a powerful voice, but as a solo artist, she is not compelling to watch at all. She needs to go back to PCD. Paula had a really good 15 minutes, but her time is up.

995 days ago
24.

Reader    

If Howard Stern is on that show I will not watch it.

995 days ago
25.

Muppet    

Hmmm wonder what happened? Can't wait to hear the rest of the story!

995 days ago
26.

Aileen (Canada)    

Oh no, now Simon will bring back his girlfriend, Cheryl Cole. She can't save the show either but Simon has lost the plot now - his ego is all that matters! Bye bye, XFactor!

995 days ago
27.

Aileen (Canada)    

First thing Simon will now do....bring back his girlfriend, Cheryl Cole! She isn't the answer either but that won't stop silly Simon. He has now lost the plot - it's all about his ego! Sadly for him, his popularity and clout is on the wane!

995 days ago
28.

LongJohn69    

About time!

995 days ago
29.

justbcuz78    

Who freaking cares...

995 days ago
30.

kklklkl    

Paula, Nicole and Steve are gone - the best news ever

995 days ago
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