Following a moderately successful first season, the X-Factor has decided to clean house!

In a shocker, the show and Simon Cowell have decided to fire two judges and the show host. A report by TMZ this morning is confirming judges Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger have been fired from the show. Also getting the ax was British host Steve Jones.

While Nicole and Steve’s firings are not much of a surprise, Paula’s firing is a major shocker as Simon personally recruited her to be on the show after she was let go from American Idol.

Sources reveal Paula got the bad news yesterday and has yet to hear from Simon. Simon has reportedly yet to find replacements for Paula, Nicole and Steve.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Simon, who helped create the show, recently assembled the show’s creative team for a top secret meeting in the UK. The reason for the meeting was reportedly to analyze “what went wrong and what was done right on season one.”

There are reports that Simon is wanting to move in the direction of NBC’s The Voice by adding bigger name judges as a way to boost ratings. The Voice, which returns on February 6, features judges Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton.

For the time being it appears judge L.A. Reid will not be let go.

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