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January 31, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

With writers referring to Monday night’s X Factor shakeup variously as a bloodbath, an X-orcism, an implosion, and a massacre, Simon Cowell has fired the host, Steve Jones, and two of his The X Factor judges, Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger. Abdul released a statement through her press agent confirming that she had been axed and adding that she had “absolute understanding of the situation.” Scherzinger, who also got a pink slip, did not immediately comment on her removal from the talent contest. Jones confirmed his ouster on Twitter: “I wont be hosting next seasons X Factor which is a shame, but I cant complain as I’ve had a great time,” he said. Cowell issued a statement thanking the three and remarking, “You do develop friendships with the people you work with and Paula, in particular, is a very close friend and I expect to be working with her on another project in the near future.”