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.
(Photo credit Fox)
DISCUSS AND COMMENT ON THIS STORY Reality TV World now offers Facebook Comments on our stories. To post a comment, log into Facebook and then 'Add' your comment. To report spam or abuse, click the 'X' in the upper right corner of the comment box. Get more Reality TV World! Follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook or add our RSS feed.