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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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31.

Sofia    

WHAAAAAAT?? Simon is such an ass, hate him

934 days ago
32.

victorrya    

Even though I recorded it each week, I had a hard time staying interested in the show at all. It seemed like the show was more about the judges and their egos then it was about the contestants. I also felt that the judges had a huge bias toward R & B and I don't think any other genre of had a real chance in the competition.

934 days ago
33.

Dolly Busey    

It is abt time Paula is gone- She cried all the time-

934 days ago
34.

Bryan    

What the **** is 'X Factor'?

934 days ago
35.

shoshana    

I used to love XF and Simon but after this...lets just say i will NOT be watching again and Simon is a jackass! #teampaula

934 days ago
36.

Bianca    

NOOOOO i was okay with Steve & Nicole but not Paula...im gonna miss Paula/Simon banter :(

934 days ago
37.

Birdsht    

The three worst elements of the show are now gone. Small hope for the future. They better try harder than the last steaming fecal pile that was season 1.

934 days ago
38.

silversiren    

Thank God! The judges have to have some guts to do the hard thing. All the crying drove me nuts.....

934 days ago
39.

tori    

Their nuts,if Paula isn't on I'm not watching!!!

934 days ago
40.

karlew    

Too bad about Abdul but at least there's no chance I'll have to look at Witchypoo Nicole when I turn on the tv. God that thing is ugly

934 days ago
41.

Bu    

Simon can kiss XFactor good bye! Simon has jumped the shark!

933 days ago
42.

patty    

wow, already!!! kinda knew she was going, simon looked fed up with her

933 days ago
43.

kingborg    

good for the brit to be gone! as for the chi9cks its cause they sent drew home. thats why they are gone.

933 days ago
44.

_][ Character_Assassin ][_    

Hope they cancel the entire show. It SUCKED! Even I have to agree to stick with AI.

933 days ago
45.

charley    

I watched Xfactor and liked it for a few episodes, but what annoyed me were not the judges, but too much activity on stage...it takes away the viewers concentration on the person performing and how can anyone judge a singer with all that crap going on behind them.....

933 days ago
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