Simon’s big ego resulted in the termination of his favorite co-host Paula. Now the search is on for two new judges and a host.
The X Factor‘s first season ratings didn’t live up to Simon Cowell‘s, 52, high expectations, leaving Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger out in the cold. “It’s only because I opened my big mouth and said we were going to get 20 million [viewers],” Simon told Extra about the changes.
It’s business. It’s not personal. Simon displayed regret for having to ax his former American Idol co-host. “I would’ve liked to have kept [Paula],” Simon said. “She was very gracious, and I said that to her.”
And how is Nicole handling the slight? “I don’t think she’s mad. I think she’s disappointed,” Simon added.
Poor Paula. Why didn’t Simon fight for her? Who do YOU think should replace her on the X-Factor?
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