‘X-Factor’ Implosion: Now Paula Abdul, Nicole Scherzinger & Steve Jones Are Out

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Paula Abdul, Nicole Scherzinger and Steve Jones were all fired from “The X-Factor” on Monday, according to individuals close to the show.

Fox and producer Simon Cowell were looking to make a clean sweep, according to those individuals, and are looking for new talent to replace the two judges and the host.

Said one of those individuals: “They expected Paula to be the goofy girl, and Nicole to be the pretty one. But Paula was so bad that it made none of it work.”

Earlier on Monday, host Steve Jones tweeted that he is leaving. Scherzinger, the lead singer of The Pussycat Dolls, replaced original “X Factor” judge Cheryl Cole, who was dismissed from the show in May 2011.

This is the show’s second season.

The show has scored admirable ratings, but hasn’t lived up to creator Cowell’s expectations. He said last summer he hoped it would top “American Idol” as the country’s top-rated show, but it earned half of his former show’s ratings.

“X-Factor” has lagged behind the other new singing competition, “The Voice” on NBC.

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