Simon Cowell Talks 'X Factor' Changes

by Jarett Wieselman 12:07 PM PST, January 31, 2012
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The X Factor bloodbath that began with host Steve Jones' axing yesterday continued long into the night as Nicole Scherzinger announced she would also not be returning while rumors of Paula Abdul's demise gained traction -- and were confirmed moments ago.

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Now Simon Cowell has finally broken his silence with the following statement:

"I want to say a massive thank you to Paula, Nicole and Steve for being part of The X Factor last year. We had a lot of fun making the show together and importantly, we found some real talent and stars. You do develop friendships with the people you work with and Paula, in particular, is a very close friend and I expect to be working with her on another project in the near future. I'm sure all three are going to have massive success in what they do next , but now is the time to thank them all for everything they did last year."

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Does this make you more or less inclined to watch season two?