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Paula Abdul: 'X Factor' Exit Confirmed

Paula Abdul has confirmed that she is leaving The X Factor.

“Yes, it’s true; I won’t be returning to The X Factor next season. I’ve learned through my longevity in this industry that business decisions often times override personal considerations,” Paula said in a statement.

Simon and I, along with Fox and Fremantle, have been communicating about this for a while now, and I have absolute understanding of the situation.”

Simon is, and will remain a dear friend of mine and I’ve treasured my experience working this past season with my extended family at Fox and Fremantle. I want nothing more than for The X Factor to exceed ALL of their wildest dreams. This truly has been a blessing and I am most grateful,” Paula concluded.

Also leaving the show are host Steve Jones and judge Nicole Scherzinger.

WHO DO YOU THINK should replace those who have left the show?

Paula Abdul Not Returning to 'X Factor'?

Paula Abdul is reportedly exiting the X Factor, Deadline reports.

News of the 49-year-old entertainer’s leaving the show comes after today’s string of X Factor losses.

Earlier in the day, host Steve Jones tweeted he would not be returning to the hit reality show. Judge Nicole Scherzinger has also apparently thrown in the towel.

A Simon Cowell insider has reported to Deadline that Paula will now be leaving too.

WHO WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE replace Steve Jones, Nicole Scherzinger, and Paula Abdul on the X Factor??

Nicole Scherzinger: 'X Factor' Press Conference!

Nicole Scherzinger strikes a pose on the red carpet of The X Factor press conference held at CBS Televison City on Monday (December 19) in Los Angeles.

The 33-year-old X Factor judge was joined by her fellow music panel judges Simon Cowell and Paula Adbul.

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of The X Factor

“We’re down to 3 #XFactor finalists. Think this week was intense? wait till…finale. Only 1 can win.. #IAmPaula” Paula tweeted about the upcoming competition between the three remaining finalists.

Be sure to catch the finale of X Factor on Thursday (December 22)!

10+ pictures inside of Nicole Scherzinger, Paula Abdul, and Simon Cowell at The X Factor press conference…
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Simon Cowell & Nicole Scherzinger: 'X Factor' Premiere!

Nicole Scherzinger, Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul, L.A. Reid, and Steve Jones arrive at the premiere of The X Factor on Wednesday (September 14) at the ArcLight in Hollywood.

Nicole paired her Randi Rahm dress with Jimmy Choo shoes, a Swarovski bag, a Loree Rodkin ring, and Diamond in the Rough earrings.

A note to future X Factor hopefuls, here are five songs Simon never wants to hear again at an audition: R. Kelly‘s “I Believe I Can Fly,” Etta James‘ “At Last,” The Righteous Brothers‘ “Unchained Melody,” Jason Mraz‘s “I’m Yours,” and John Legend‘s “Ordinary People.”

Simon revealed his list during a recent conference call to promote the FOX competition series, which kicks off next Wednesday (September 21) at 8 p.m.!

FYI: Paula is wearing a Balmain dress with Ruthie Davis heels and a Yves Saint Laurent bag.

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'The X Factor' Cast Covers The Hollywood Reporter

X Factor stars Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul, Nicole Scherzinger, L.A. Reid, and Steve Jones cover the latest issue of The Hollywood Reporter.

Here’s what the stars had to share:

Simon, on what he’s looking for: “Buzz. In England, you genuinely get the feeling the whole country is talking about the show. I hope for that.”

Simon, on saying he’d hire ousted judge Cheryl Cole again: “[I]n a heartbeat – you’re not drowning puppies here. You’re offering someone who’s got millions of dollars more money and more work. And if people think that’s cruel, then they can do that to me on a daily basis. I’ll take it twice a day.”

L.A., on Randy Jackson comparisons: “Yeah, I had those conversations where I’m the black guy with the bald head. I’ve heard all those comments: ‘If they’re gonna use Randy, why didn’t they just get Randy?’ “That’s just how people think, but who cares? I love Randy. He’s been doing this successfully for 11 years. Comparing me to him is certainly not an insult.”

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Simon Cowell & Paula Abdul: 'X Factor' Promo Shots!

Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul, Nicole Scherzinger, L.A. Reid, and Steve Jones pose together for these new promo shots for their upcoming competition series, The X Factor.

The 51-year-old former American Idol judge recently said that he felt The X Factor would have been canceled if Paula had not signed on.

“At one point, when [Paula's] deal came down to the 11th hour, I remember saying to the team, ‘If she’s not there, you may as well cancel filming.’ I really felt that strongly that I wanted her with me,” Simon said.

FYI: Nicole is wearing Ruthie Davis “Implant” heels.

The X Factor premieres on September 21 on Fox. More Here! »

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Paula Abdul: 'X Factor' Could Lead to Greatness

Paula Abdul is ready to rock as she graces the cover of Emmy magazine’s latest issue.

Here’s what the 49-year-old entertainer had to share:

On joining The X Factor: “This show is kind of a [combination] of all the different careers I’ve had. And I love nurturing raw, untapped talent – having a front-row seat to something at its humble beginnings that could lead to greatness.”

On not having regrets about leaving American Idol: “I felt like my time on the show ran its course. I was very grateful for the good times, and I was a good student through the tough times. But I felt like the dynamics of the show changed when they brought Kara in.”

On remembering Michael Jackson: “I miss Michael so much. I still can’t believe he’s gone, and I still find myself speaking of him as if he’s alive.”

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