Steve Jones, Nicole Scherzinger leaving 'The X Factor' gigs?
Steve Jones announced on Monday that he will no longer serve as a host on Simon Cowell's FOX singing contest series "The X Factor," while Nicole Scherzinger is also reportedly out as a co-judge
"I won't be hosting next seasons X Factor which is a shame but I can't complain as I've had a great time. Good luck to everyone on the show," Jones Tweeted on Monday.
Fox and Cowell, who serves as an executive producer on the series expressed interest in making adjustments to the series after the first season. Coewll also cited another possible reason to axe the Welsh host.
"I don't think he did a bad job but ... there is a Brit limit on the show," Cowell told the UK's Mirror, according to People magazine.
Scherzinger will also not return to "The X Factor" for its second season, a show representative told The Los Angeles Times. E! Online reported that the former Pussycat Dolls singer plans to concentrate on her musical career.
"She's spoken to Simon [Cowell] and he's given her his blessing," the website quoted a source as saying. "'X Factor' took a lot more of her time than she ever expected," the source continued. "She didn't have any time really to work on her music. She was doing 'X Factor' six days a week."
Replacements for the two have not yet been announced.
Melanie Amaro recently signed a record deal, as anticipated, weeks after she became the first winner of "X Factor."
The 19-year-old won a $5 million cash prize - the largest in television history. Epic Records recently announced that she had signed a recording contract with the company, which is headed by L.A. Reid, who served on the judging panel with Nichole Scherzinger and Paula Abdul and Cowell, both formerly of "American Idol."
The show debuted last fall and aired its season finale in December.