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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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AntiSocialForum.com    

Does anyone still watch these stupid Fox talent shows anyway?

939 days ago
47.

desimae28    

Simon is a phony and the X factor showed this. I hated the show for more reasons than the awful host. Why did the judges always make the singers sing the same boring crap week after week. .....Their theme weeks were an absolute joke....it didn't matter, they would sing whatever the judges wanted....self absorbed, boring, ugh....

939 days ago
48.

sean    

OMG HUGE MISTAKE GETTING RID OF PAULA!
Steve Jones ans Nicole I totally understand.

939 days ago
49.

yeahrightmoron    

"remembering paula abdul" on the photobar at the bottom??? really?? how DRUNK do you guys get over there...

939 days ago
50.

Christina    

Stopped watching IDOL without Paula and will no longer watch Xfactor either.

They should have that untalented Scherzinger given the boot. This is just.....honestly, I don't know what more to say. SHAME!!

939 days ago
51.

Canadasux    

'Didn't see this coming (NOT!). XF never did live up to the manufactured hype. So, this non-event-in-my-life XF housecleaning was inevitable. I never watched the show, nor will ever watch it. Simon Cowell is so full of himself. It makes everything he does on screen so unwatchable. So,...(yawn!) I gotta' go.

939 days ago
52.

Jenny    

Well, they had to do something. "The X Factor" in its current form is a terrible terrible show. It was just awful last year.
http://mankabros.com/blogs/onmedea/2011/11/08/the-x-factor-is-terrible/

939 days ago
53.

Cujeaux    

He forced the women to act like crybaby ninnies then isn't happy with them when it tanks. Haha Simon! That's what you get for ripping off AI in it's entirety.

939 days ago
54.

Jenn    

I don't even watch it (Xfactor). Basically American Idol is fun to watch and it's a simple formula. Not only that but the judges rock. The current group of Steven Tyler (he's my fave), J.Lo and Randy is great. They basically want to find talent and don't pull any crap. I loved watching L. Lo find her voice last season and Stevie just emanates love- ya that might sound corny but it's fun to watch and I bet Simon is just pissed off and shocked that it's doing so well.

939 days ago
55.

poppy    

Paula, Nicole, and Steve were all fired "In No Particular Order!"

939 days ago
56.

Lil    

The only reason I watched that crappy show was to watch Paula and Simon again. I cannot believe it. Steve was horrible a british accent is just to much to watch a entire show. But Paula now being gone I will never watch again.

939 days ago
57.

bornunderprotest    

MOLLY MUMBLES ?

939 days ago
58.

Joan K    

I watched this dumb azz show for one season and not even the complete season and it is hard to believe that it hasn't been cancelled as of yet. Boring as hell

939 days ago
59.

wenzy    

WHEN PAULA MADE THAT LITTLE GIRL CRY...I SAID..."BYE BYE"! SHE AND NICOLE FORGOT WHO WAS SIGNING THEIR PAYCHECK AND GANGED UP ON SIMON A BIT TOO MUCH. STUPID STUPID STUPID!

939 days ago
60.

Cynthia    

I don't watch it regularly, but I've seen Paula rebound from sooooo many things, that I have no doubt she'll rebound from this one too! No biggie Paula - KEEP IT MOVING!!!! :-)

939 days ago
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