X FACTOR: Nicole Scherzinger & Paula Abdul Also Leaving Show!

The X Factor has lost its host, Steve Jones. Now, it’s losing two of its judges.

Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger have been given the boot, according  Entertainment Weekly, following Jones’ confirmation on Twitter Monday night that he’s leaving the show.

According to Deadline, “none of the three left on their own accord and that it was cleaning house day at the so-so rated reality series.”



JUST IN: Steve Jones Fired From X-Factor! It’s Official!

It’s official: Steve Jones is leaving his hosting gig X-Factor.

The announcement follows reports that surfaced Monday morning, which quoted Simon Cowell hinting that Jones was out. Cowell told the Daily Mirror, “I don’t think he did a bad job but, like America’s Got Talent, there is a Brit limit on the show.” Jones is from Wales. Cowell is from England.

Jones confirmed the speculation Monday evening, when he tweeted about his impending departure—and that the choice to leave isn’t his: “I wont be hosting next seasons XFactor which is a shame but I cant complain as I’ve had a great time. Good luck to everyone on the show.”