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Paula Abdul also reportedly being axed from 'The X Factor' panel

By Reality TV World staff, 01/31/2012 

Paula Abdul is reportedly going from The X Factor to The Ax Factor.

Abdul will reportedly be joining fellow The X Factor judge Nicole Scherzinger and host Steve Jones in being axed from next fall's second edition of the Fox reality singing competition, according to reports.

While the network has verified the departures of Scherzinger and Jones, Fox has yet to confirm the reports of Abdul's exit from The X Factor's judging panel.

The shake-up would leave only two on-camera faces returning for the show's second season -- The X Factor creator and lead judge Simon Cowell and fellow judge L.A. Reid. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Cowell has decided The X Factor "needs a bigger celebrity" on its judging panel.

Fox confirmed Scherzinger and Jones' exits on Monday evening shortly after Jones announced his departure via Twitter.

"I wont be hosting next seasons [The X Factor] which is a shame but I cant complain as I've had a great time. Good luck to everyone on the show," Jones tweeted.

Reports that The X Factor was considering dropping Jones or giving him a new co-host had first surfaced in October shortly after the show's debut and persisted throughout the season.

Similar to Jones' departure, Scherzinger's exit also isn't a surprise given her judging performance had been heavily criticized during The X Factor's first season -- particularly following her decision to avoid her judging responsibility and deliberately force a judging deadlock that resulted in the unintended elimination of 13-year-old contestant Rachel Crow during the competition's Top 5 results show.

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