January 31, 2012

Steve Jones and Nicole Scherzinger Won’t Return to ‘The X Factor’ (3 PHOTOS)

Steve Jones and Nicole Scherzinger are out for the second season of “The X Factor.”
Steve Jones and Nicole Scherzinger, two of the people who helped start “The X Factor” in the United States, will not be sticking around for season two of the singing competition, the Fox network said Monday.

Mr. Jones was the host and Ms. Scherzinger was one of four judges on the show, which wrapped up its first season on Fox in December. Their futures on the show had been fuzzy because the creator of “The X Factor,” Simon Cowell, had let it be known that changes were in store for season two.

Mr. Cowell, formerly a judge on “American Idol,” imported “The X Factor” from Britain for Fox.

Mr. Jones, a native of Wales, wrote on Twitter on Monday evening that it was “a shame” he would not be hosting the show again. “But I can’t complain as I’ve had a great time,” he added. “Good luck to everyone on the show.”

A Fox spokeswoman confirmed that he would not be returning. Ms. Scherzinger was momentarily thought of as a replacement because she was initially cast as Mr. Jones’s co-host before becoming a judge last year. But later on Monday evening, E! Online reported that Ms. Scherzinger would not be returning to “The X Factor” either, and Fox confirmed that change, as well. (E! Online continues to press on what it calls “The X Factor’s” house cleaning.)

The network did not make any announcements about replacements, but it has no particular reason to hurry: “The X Factor” is not expected to be back on Fox’s schedule until the fall.

'A shame': Steve took to his Twitter account to announce the disappointing news

The show's over: The news comes after weeks of speculation that the Welsh TV presenter may not return to his role as X Factor USA host

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