The axe -- or is that the 'X' -- fell at 'X Factor' yesterday (Jan. 31), with judge Nicole Scherzinger being fired, along with host Steve Jones. Sources indicate that judge Paula Abdul was also cut. Word is producers and Simon Cowell were looking to make a fresh start for the show, whose ratings fell below expectations on Season 1.
'X Factor' host Steve Jones has made a bit of a name for himself in the pop culture sphere for the terse and abrupt way he cuts off the judges when they offer up their reasons behind voting decisions. One would assume that the producers must love that Jones is ruthless in interrupting the judges mid-sentence to keep the live results episodes on time and on track. However, the Mirror reports that Jones, 34, is about to be booted from the show as though he were a contestant!