Simon Cowell Is Wrong To Dump Paula Abdul From 'X Factor,' But Right To Fire Steve Jones & Nicole Scherzinger

Tue, January 31, 2012 1:13pm EDT by 32 Comments

Simon say it isn’t so — why did you ditch your perfect wing woman Paula on ‘X Factor’? Yes, you were right to dump wimpy Nicole and forgettable Steve, but not Paula!

Nicole Scherzinger sealed her fate the moment she refused to make a decision between X Factor contestants Rachel Crow and Marcus Canty in the semi-finals.

When she abdicated her job and let “America’s” votes makes the decision and Rachel was eliminated, Simon and the X Factor audience knew it was just plain wrong.

Then when little Rachel, 14 — one of Simon’s girls — fell to the ground on her knees, that was undoubtedly the moment that Simon could not and would not forgive.

He’d already criticized Paula’s song selections and visual presentations, plus her habit of crying at the drop of the hat, so The Rachel Crow blow was definitely Simon’s “had it” moment.

Steve was such a non-factor on X Factor, he isn’t even worth discussing. Let’s just say we need a way cuter and more charismatic host.

But Simon — you went too far when you eliminated Paula on Jan. 30, according to Deadline.com. You have to remember that you still need someone on your panel to bring the warm factor to LA’s cool factor and your mean factor.

Plus, like it or not, Paula is the yin to your yang. She’s the Cher to your Sonny. She’s the Hoda to your Kathie Lee.

You just made a big mistake getting rid of your girl.

You know what Simon — this is another Melanie Amaro moment and you’re going to have to go and get Paula back again. Mark my words Simon — you’ll have to do it!

– Bonnie Fuller


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Erika S.

Posted at 3:34 AM on May 27, 2012  

I totally agree with you… Simon and Paula have that rare chemistry that you just don’t find on anyone.. and that very few couples on tv have… and that chemistry is what makes a tv couple really memorable!, besides Paula has a lot of experience on this kind of shows, she knows how to deal with emotions, and simon cowell’s disrespectful comments without having a break down.. and yes this is another melanie amaro moment… I think that neither britney or demi are going to be able to deal with this..

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Posted at 5:44 AM on April 23, 2012  

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dorman chandler

Posted at 11:52 PM on February 21, 2012  

Am I the only person that knows that paula was axed because of her refusal to send drew to america vote and sent her home herself. simon is the boss and when he sat there and pleaded with nicole and paula to keep her and they refused it sealed their fate

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Benjamin Calderon

Posted at 9:16 AM on February 19, 2012  

Way to go Simon, I think you know exactly what your doing! Paula looks Coked-Up half the time anyway! I’m 62 yrs old and could come up with better responses than Nicole or Paula. Your what makes the show Simon! Atleast that why I watch. Keep up the good work Simon, can’t wait for what you have planned this next season! Great job Simon!!!!!!!

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Tiffany

Posted at 12:12 AM on February 14, 2012  

L.a. Should have been fired!he seemed partial to certain contestants!

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bloomies

Posted at 9:37 AM on February 9, 2012  

Simon! Please brIng Paula Abdul back!

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baya

Posted at 1:21 AM on February 6, 2012  

Paula is the best judges in american idol and x-factor nicole is pretty famous singer in the usa of cource in that world many country people watch x- factor only simon paulas love and nicole face not new singers and new stars im in mongolia many people very angry about fired in nicole and paula

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JOHN CLARK

Posted at 7:48 PM on February 5, 2012  

GET RID IF SIMON HES THE REASON THE SHOW IS SO NEGATIVE.

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Duane Heskin

Posted at 11:10 AM on February 2, 2012  

I would like to say that i think Simon made one of the bigest mistakes by letting paula abdul go. the other 2 needed to go but not paula. I think she has a large following that will hurt the x factor. And it was a bad choice to let har go. I would have let L A Reed go before PAULA.Simon and L A are like oil and vinegar what ever Simon likes LA don’t and what ever L A likes Simon don’t so he should have been the other person to go.

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Marvin

Posted at 2:16 AM on February 2, 2012  

Nicole and Paula were the best Judges!

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G.K.

Posted at 12:02 AM on February 2, 2012  

To Simon and the rest of the Producers of X-Factor,
Whoever advised you to do this moronic changes must be fired. If these changes were your actual idea then, I must ask you why you “fixed something that is not broken”? Firstly, you should be grateful that this new show here in the U.S. generated millions of viewers. Maybe not 20 million as you expected , but “it’s too early in the game”! Secondly, you should be grateful and thankful that there is a Paula Abdul, who possesses several positive adjectives, and the accidental pairing with Simon in the original A.I. subsequently worked out so well that some people tune in to X-Factor to also watch the flirtatious interaction between these two judges. The chemistry between Simon & Paula creates a lot of fireworks and excitement that is entertaining to most viewers. Why take that away from the viewing public? Thirdly, what turns a lot of people off is the fact that Simon and L.A tend to pick contestants with good looks without the ability to sing at all, that are very arrogant, and act juvenile. Thank God Melanie won because she can absolutely sing. Fourthly, it would be very helpful if all the judges limit their comments to 1-2 sentences so Steve didn’t have to rush the judges or cut them off. I think Steve did a great job in pacing the program, otherwise you would have been over your time slot allotted, just like what happened in A.I. years ago.
From a very disappointed viewer.

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Risa

Posted at 8:57 PM on February 1, 2012  

he was an itiot to fire Paula Abdul

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shush

Posted at 1:06 PM on February 1, 2012  

Paula was one of the few things on the show that worked. when will Si wake up and see that he is BORING without her? I will never watch XF or any other SC show again!

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Cleo

Posted at 11:17 PM on January 31, 2012  

Did you ever notice how he seems to be a younger version of Elton John in all his mannerisms and speech? How did this man with no talen and a lot of money ever get to be this mogul? He must have a rich mummy or daddy.

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gbtw

Posted at 1:39 PM on February 1, 2012  

he has a talent for spotting talent, and promoting it; and clearly knows a thing or two about music. there are a lot of talented people in the music business who aren’t actually singers or performers. i don’t think it’s fair to say he’s talentless. he got where he is through talent, not nespotism- like it, or him, or not.

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Fullymous28

Posted at 10:20 PM on January 31, 2012  

Really Simon…. bring Paula back!!!!!!

Steve was often times very rude that I am not surprised that he was axed.

Honestly, I don’t see why there was an issue w.r.t. Nicole’s decision on Rachael. Other judges went with the tie-breaker so it’s not Nicole’s “fault” that Canty actually had more votes than Rachael. It just shows that they had decided on who they want to be in the top-xx and was floored when it didnt play out as expected!!! … That’s my two-cents…

BUT…… bring Paula back!

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Miranda

Posted at 8:23 PM on January 31, 2012  

This is the biggest mistake that show could ever make. You can’t have Simon without Paula, it’s like having Jack without Rose, Superman without Lois Lane, Bonnie without Clyde.

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flor

Posted at 8:21 PM on January 31, 2012  

Whaaaaaaaat?
omg, Simon, seriously? I can’t believe he did it to her. she’s awesome! and she worked so hard with her groups…. this first season was a mess and there’s a loooooot to change but he went too far firing Paula. :\

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barb

Posted at 9:07 PM on February 29, 2012  

Paula picked every group that sucked. When she was picking them I thought wtf.

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helllokitty2142

Posted at 8:06 PM on January 31, 2012  

what!?!? why does paula have to go!! she should stay in the X factor she worked hard!! stupid simon!

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Julie

Posted at 7:48 PM on January 31, 2012  

I totally agree with this !! Simon is making a huge mistake firing Paula. I never though he would acually do this to his friend/buddy. Paula didn’t deserve this since she worked really hard and was a great mentor and judge. I wouldn’t trust Simon anymore…he is a Jerk !!!!!!

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adna

Posted at 3:39 PM on January 31, 2012  

If it be true that Simon Cowell dump Paula Abdul…
Simon needs to keep one thing in mind: To his benfit
would be to get her back…If he doesn’t he will be
supprise to see how many people love Paula and they will
prove it come September…No Paula..No watching XFactor.

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dee

Posted at 3:14 PM on January 31, 2012  

Simon dumps Paula i dump X Factor…i already dumped Idol and it seems next is the big X

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Caitlyn Butler

Posted at 8:21 PM on January 31, 2012  

Come on Simon you love Paula and why would you dumped her for the x factor!

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Veronica

Posted at 2:21 PM on January 31, 2012  

I agree! I like Paula!!! Nicole and Steve I can do without, but what was he thinking dumping Paula??? wtf?

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Kevin

Posted at 2:16 PM on January 31, 2012  

ITS EASY FOR PEOPLE TO SAY DONT DUMP HER BUT IF YOU HAD TO WORK WITH HER IT MAY BE ANOTHER STORY. THE WOMEN IS CLEARLY A FRUIT CAKE AND I THINK HE NEEDS SOMEONE IN THE RIGHT HEAD SPACE ON HIS SHOW NOT A WOMEN SEEKING ATTENTION 24/7
HE IS RIGHT TO DUMP PAULA ALONG WITH NICOLE WHO IS SELF CENTRED AND STEVE WHO WAS TOO BUSY CHASING NICOLE TO BE SEEING WHERE HE MESSED UP.

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julia

Posted at 7:41 PM on January 31, 2012  

He has worked with her come on!!! he said she is the best judge he has ever worked with and that he could listen to her for hours. So what you’re saying is not true. He has made a huge mistake !!!!

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Savanna G

Posted at 8:03 PM on January 31, 2012  

Maybe you should get to know Paula a bit better, jerk, and don’t be a hypocrite. She’s not a “fruitcake”. Simon clearly loves her to have worked with her for 10 long years, and the reason for her departure is obviously not because he thinks she’s a diva.

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Caitlyn Butler

Posted at 8:31 PM on January 31, 2012  

wtf are you think dude nicole and paula and steve are the better think on the show.

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dumas1000

Posted at 1:44 PM on January 31, 2012  

Paula is completely baked out of her skull. Like a modern day Anna Nicole. She’s a hot mess trainwreck dumpster fire. I’m guessing her old record company paid in happy pills. Even an 80s burnout would accuse Paula of being an 80s burnout. Perhaps Simon fell, bumped his head, and forgot why Idol kicked her to the curb in the first place. Consider him reminded.

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Alice B

Posted at 8:04 PM on January 31, 2012  

Clearly you’re the hot mess here.

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gbtw

Posted at 1:43 PM on February 1, 2012  

hahaha… i never heard the dumpster fire bit before… hahaha… i love paula, find her entertaining, but she does not have the ability to make tough choices usually. i loved her on idol and was furious when she left. even more furious when i saw the panel would be jlo and tyler… but then, it worked out really well. jlo has difficulty giving bad news, but she accepts it’s her job and tries really hard to get better at it. so, you know, there are things other than paula that will work. she’s funny and sweet- but if he needs something different for the show, i’d trust his judgment more than mine.

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