US X Factor Judges Axed

Mimi ON Jan 31, 2012 AT 10:20 am

US X Factor judges

US X Factor judges

Judges Nicole Scherzinger and Paula Abdul and host Steve Jones have all been axed from the US ‘X Factor’.

Show boss Simon Cowell is said to be keen to “take the show in a different direction“, and has only guaranteed record producer L.A. Reid a place on the panel next year.

A source told E! News: “At this point, the only ones staying are Simon and L.A. Reid. Simon wants to take the show in a different direction. The plan is to part ways amicably.”

While a Fox spokesperson confirmed the departure of both Steve – whose presenting style on the show was slammed by one critic as “utterly irrelevant” – and Nicole, he could not comment on Paula’s rumoured departure from the series.

However, the Welsh host took to twitter to express his disappointment at being given the chop from the singing contest after just one series.

Steve tweeted: “I wont be hosting next seasons XFactor which is a shame but I cant complain as I’ve had a great time. Good luck to everyone on the show. (sic)

What do you think of Simon’s decision? Did he make the right one, giving the show a shake up?

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