The X Factor USA Season 2: Steve Jones leaves as host, Nicole Scherzinger, Paula Abdul judges no more

By on Jan 31, 2012 in Entertainment, Hollywood, Music, Television, United States Comments

Updated: February 1, 2012 11:40 a.m.

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Steve Jones confirmed on Monday, January 30, 2012 that that he will not host “The X Factor USA Season 2”, with reports also saying that both Nicole Scherzinger and Paula Abdul will not be judges anymore.

(From L-R) Nicole Scherzinger, Simon Cowell,
Paula Abdul, L.A. Reid, and Steve Jones during
The X Factor USA premiere

Image Credit: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images

Jones, 34, “The X Factor USA” Season 1 host, announced the news via Twitter on Monday late afternoon, but did not explain why he will not be back on the music competition show next season.

“I won’t be hosting next seasons XFactor which is a shame but I can’t complain as I’ve had a great time. Good luck to everyone on the show.” Steve Jones (@SteveJones) tweeted, with Fox earlier reported that there will be changes on the show.

Meanwhile, entertainment reports said an unnamed Fox spokesman revealed that Nicole Scherzinger will not also be returning to the show as one of the judges, who replaced British pop star Cheryl Cole.

“She wants to focus on her music career. She’s spoken to Simon (Cowell) and he’s given her his blessing.” A source was quoted at E! Online also on Monday, with the former Pussycat Dolls lead singer notably preparing for her European tour, which will start next month.

On the other hand, Deadline also reported that a Cowell insider confirmed that Paula Abdul has the same fate with Scherzinger, and will also not be a part of The X Factor USA Season 2, which has no specific date yet.

The X Factor USA Season 1, which was created by Simon Cowell and Sony Music, premiered on September 21, 2011 and ended three months later, with Fox not yet announcing as who will be their replacements.

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