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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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46.

tori    

Paula is the best,he's an idiot for firing her. I for one won't be watching anytime soon!!!!

905 days ago
47.

Inky    

Epic Fail.

904 days ago
48.

sunny    

Next project? Yep you guessed it, Simon will propose!

904 days ago
49.

Miranda    

This is the stupidest decision that has ever been made, really, REALLY?! That shows only saving grace was Paula and Simon together again, Paula gone is going to make the show unwatchable. I know I'm done.

904 days ago
50.

Chad    

Since it's Simon's show he is nicer to the contestants and thus became fairly boring. I watched to see him and Paula's intereactions with each other. Unless he gets some nice expensive talent, I've now lost interest in the show.

904 days ago
51.

Seldombinlaid    

Simon, you screwed up loosing Paula. Trust me you'll see.

904 days ago
52.

Phishie from Philly    

Paula's not fired. Shes just not working on the X-Factor anymore. Shes going to be my head cleaning lady. She's going to clean my head. Head is another name for bathroom, toilet, or sheetter. See I know American slang.

Phishie from Philly

904 days ago
53.

King of TMZ    

the only one who made big mistakes last year was actually SIMON! lol:

- Eliminating Interesting Charyl Cole for Boring flat Nicole
- Eliminating Tora Woloshin & Cathelyn for Simone & Tiah
- Eliminating Terrel Carter who would have helped the ratings
- The British Judge

What do you expect Simon? many including myself quit following the show after your bad decisions especially when you got emotionally stuck with mediocre Simone eliminating people that are better than even Melanie. Come on dude.

I think Paula was good to the show it made it look familiar as she was with him before on AI anyway wont be surprised if we see another catastrophe of Simon's decision next season the guy seems to lose his magic as he age.

904 days ago
54.

Ray    

Should have kept Nicole & Paula, pulled the stick out of Steve's ass and got rid of SIMON. He is just too obnoxious, just put him in a room with a big mirror where he admire himself

904 days ago
55.

Aaron    

Where did Simon Cowell work in the 90's? Anyone know how he started out working in the music business.....

904 days ago
56.

teri    

Should have at least kept Paula and let go Reid....he is boring, boring, boring. I like the combination of AI judges n their at least fun.

904 days ago
57.

Dacritics    

X-Factor Judges and Host get the boot: Reactions from the web (Funny) http://bit.ly/y1Kt8M

904 days ago
58.

ivona poyntz    

But maybe she's finished with YOU, Simon!

904 days ago
59.

Jeff    

I think we can read between the lines on this one. I'm guessing their next "project" will be of a personal nature. I say, "Good for them!" My Mom always said, "Play with kids your own age." Both of them have been in the industry for about as long. She needs his sophisticated Alpha male grounding, while he could certainly appreciate her flighty eternal optimism. While a young hot distraction is certainly nice, as they both have had. Maybe it's time for something more meaningful.

904 days ago
60.

Paula Gordon    

Simon Cowell should give the little people a shoot, someone like myself!

904 days ago
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