Simon Cowell Sounds Off on X Factor Shakeup

8 Feb

Simon Cowell

A week after judges Nicole Scherzinger and Paula Abdul and host Steve Jones were fired from The X Factor , executive producer and judge Simon Cowell is addressing the sudden shakeup.

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“It was fairly straight what wanted, and we were told it had to happen straight away,” Cowell said in an interview with Extra Tuesday regarding Fox’s decision to get rid of the three regulars. He added that he wanted to keep Adbul, who was gracious upon receiving the bad news. “She understand it’s business, it’s never personal,” he said.

“Paula was an interesting call,” Fox’s President of Alternative Entertainment Mike Darnell told Entertainment Weekly in a separate interview also posted Tuesday. “She and Simon are great friends, so it was just a dynamic conversation about what’s the nature of the group going to be. And I think we decided to pull the Band-Aid off as quickly as



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