Paula Abdul Statement About Firing From X Factor
March 7, 2012 by staff
Paula Abdul Statement About Firing From X Factor, Straight up, Paula Abdul was furious about Simon Cowell ‘s decision to ax her from “The X Factor.” Two sources used the same term to describe the singer/dancer’s reaction to learning she would not be back for a second season: “used.”
While Cowell and fellow “X Factor” judge Antonio (L.A.) Reid participated in a conference call Wednesday to discuss the future of the Fox show (see The Daily News TV section, pg. 80, for the full story), sources close to Abdul revealed her anger about being relegated to the past.
A source who worked with Abdul on “X Factor” says “Paula went ballistic when she found out she wasn’t back” and “told Simon that she felt used.”
The insider says she “screamed” at Cowell and the producers. “She didn’t take the news lightly at all.”
After reports broke last month that Abdul had been cut from the “X Factor” team, she released a canned statement that belied her ire.
“Yes, it’s true; I won’t be returning to ‘The X Factor’ next season,” her statement read. “I’ve learned through my longevity in this industry that business decisions oftentimes override personal considerations.”
Abdul added that “The X-Factor” team had been “communicating about this for a while now” and that she had “absolute understanding of the situation.”
Behind the scenes, our source says, “Paula’s [handlers were] working overtime to control her and begged her to release the statement rather than rant and rave on Twitter and online like she wanted.”
Abdul, says the source, finally relented after “an incredible amount of persuasion from her team.”
The insider says Cowell, who bickered constantly with Abdul when they co-starred as judges on “American Idol,” hired the pint-size former pop star “to see if she would help draw ‘Idol’-sized ratings.”
Alas, Abdul “started to crumble again under the pressure of shooting a television show” and began displaying “unpredictable behavior.”
The statement Abdul released also noted that “Simon is, and will remain, a dear friend of mine.” A second source indicates that much is true.
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