paula abdul x factor fox 'X Factor': Paula Abdul out as well?And the hits just keep on coming. It has already been revealed Monday (Jan. 30) that host Steve Jones and judge Nicole Scherzinger are exiting “X Factor,” but now it looks as though Paula Abdul is gone too, according to Deadline.

A source close to Simon Cowell tells the site that it was cleaning day over at “X Factor” and that none of the three chose to leave. We wonder who Cowell plans on bringing in to liven the place up. “X Factor” never could quite live up to “Idol”-esque ratings.

Meanwhile, two separate sources tell E! that Abdul got the bad news Monday.

“Simon wants to take the show in a different direction,” one of the sources says. No kidding.

“X Factor” averaged right around 12.5 million viewers per episode, while “Idol” in Season 11 is so far averaging 19.3 million per episode. Not the ratings “Idol” once got, but still pretty big.

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