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