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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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61.

Paula Gordon    

Simon Cowell should try using ordinary people like me as a judge. Give the little person a shoot!

931 days ago
62.

jkiel    

I didn't much care for the X Factor because I found it difficult to committ to the process and development of the contestants. A little trying having so many age ranges competing in the same competition.

931 days ago
63.

Barb    

I thought Simon had a good bullsh*t meter. Apparently not. Paula will use him until he drops dead. Then she will expect to be named in the Will.

931 days ago
64.

Sonia Black    

No Paula, no watch. Only two massively egocentric men would believe that watching two massively egocentric men is good television. I especially love how these men think they are not part of the problem from last season. Actually, their being so full of themselves is pretty funny but only as a quick bit then it's extremely tiresome. The producers couldn't possibly have seen any of Mariah Carey's movies or watched her host or even just accept an award. If Mariah's not singing, no one is watching. And if they thought Nicole was a diva, I can hardly wait until Mariah puts them through their paces. Of course that won't be televised probably because it actually would be interesting. They are moving from buh-bye Nicole (long overdue)to buh-bye entire show. Wow.

931 days ago
65.

ALICE    

Simon, Why would you fire these three. You are an ass, because they all, especially Paula, make you look good. They have personalities that play off of yours and really work on the show. WTF

930 days ago
66.

M.M.M.    

I've lost all respect for Simon Cowell after that conniving move firing Paula. And he wasn't even man enough to tell her himself, he got his lawyer to call her. Simon is a money hungry vulture. He's got a load of money already in the bank and he fires his good friend to try and put another load in his account. Bye Bye Xfactor, you sure won't be getting my view ever again.

930 days ago
67.

luna    

Seems to me she'd be better off if she was finished with him. With friends like that, who needs enemies.

929 days ago
68.

Matt    

Well, Paula might not have appreciated your actions, Simon, so I am not too sure there WILL be another project with you but hey, who knows, if you PAY her enough.... gas grill

821 days ago
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