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Simon Cowell

I'm Not Finished

with Paula Abdul

1/31/2012 12:09 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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Simon Cowell
says he's still close with Paula Abdul -- even though he just fired her ass -- and plans to work with her again in the very near future.

Cowell just released a statement about the bloodbath at "X Factor" ... saying, "I want to say a massive thank you to Paula, Nicole and Steve for being part of the 'X Factor' last year."

He added, "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."

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31.

nof    

Hey Simon y'all don't mind...


If I "judge" your idea and executive-producemanship?


-Uh, do another draft.


Change the second act around.


Maybe like a hook or something.

912 days ago
32.

Italia    

THAT'S IT! I am finished with Simon Cowell and his bogus "X-Factor" show. If Paula is out, I'm out. I am SICK AND TIRED OF SIMON FIRING PAULA !!!

912 days ago
33.

nof    

Hey Paula!


You ken judge ME any old time ye wantz!


And trust me:


There's a LOTZ to (favorably) judge!!!!

912 days ago
34.

nof    

last nof p.s.


Seems like jes' yesterday ...


Simon was fresh and new ...


Now?!


Now his house is up for sale.


He's looking at danged APARTMENTS.


2BR-2bath.


Like in Mar Vista.

912 days ago
35.

nof    

All women about to turn 50:


Should steal a page out of Paula Abdul's book.


Chick is sizzling hot.

912 days ago
36.

Celebrities Suck    

Bring Paula back... I have no clue why he even hired Nicole. Mariah Carey is a true artist not Nicole..

912 days ago
37.

Bu    

Simon has jumped the shark...XFactor is toast!

912 days ago
38.

janet    

The x factor tv show is not getting the ratings expected. Simon Cowell again fired Paula Abdul to boost ratings, just in time for Feburaray sweeps.

912 days ago
39.

Jane    

Simon Cowell is probably the unhappiest guy on earth... LOL http://media.celebremix.com/5/mediaFiles/composite/18/192.jpg

912 days ago
40.

Barb    

Simon,you can't be serious. That girl is Looney Tunes!

912 days ago
41.

Lucille    

When these male producers mess up the formats of their shows that makes it uninteresting to viewers, the first thing they do is fire a woman instead of firing themselves. Paula was and is my favorite, Nicole, yes Nicole deserved to be fired, but not Paula. I'm not watching the X-Factor again, not even if they bring on Mariah Carey.

912 days ago
42.

Annie    

I don't think the X Factor US ever measured up to the hype.To me it is a show somewhere between American Idol and the Voice but not as good as either one of those shows.

912 days ago
43.

John    

What's the fascination with Paula Abdul?. She's a no talent. DON'T YOU DARE MAKE HER THE HOST. DUMP HER SIMON!

912 days ago
44.

MissyMaguire    

Everyone knows that as soon as Paula receives that last paycheck, Simon will find her very unhappy & very unreachable.

912 days ago
45.

PokerStar    

Can he fire the Kartrashians, please?

912 days ago
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