Nicole Scherzinger and Steve Jones confirm they've been axed from US X Factor
Published 31/01/2012 | 07:51
WELSH TV presenter Steve Jones and judge Nicole Scherzinger will not return to the US version of the X Factor for its next series, it was confirmed today.
The former T4 host fronted the American version of Simon Cowell's singing talent show when it made its debut last year.
But he told fans he would not be back, revealing on Twitter: "I won't be hosting next season's 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."
A spokeswoman for Fox, which broadcasts the programme in the US, confirmed that both Jones, 34, and show judge Nicole Scherzinger would not return for the second series.
It is believed Scherzinger is saying she had to quit so she can concentrate on her own singing and has been given Simon’s “blessing”.
However, Deadline.com is reporting that Scherzinger, along with fellow judge Paula Abdul, has been asked to leave the show.
"None of the three left on their own accord," Deadline editor Nikki Finke revealed. "It was cleaning house day at the so-so rated show."
Jones was originally set to present the show alongside Scherzinger, but the former Pussycat Doll was moved on to the judging panel after Girls Aloud star Cheryl Cole was dramatically dropped from the line-up.
Scherzinger was joined by Cowell, former American Idol judge Paula Abdul and music producer LA Reid on the panel during the show's first season.
Last week Cowell suggested the Welshman's time on the show was over, telling the Daily Mirror: "He got a lot of stick. I don't think he did a bad job but, like America's Got Talent, there is a Brit limit on the show."
Despite healthy ratings, the programme has failed to match the success of American Idol, which Cowell left to concentrate on developing the X Factor stateside.
Earlier this month, the music mogul admitted he became "a bit too cocky" after a successful year in 2010, but that in 2011 his "ego was put in check".
In 2010, Jones left Channel 4 entertainment show T4 after seven years.
The former model's other presenting credits have included Let's Dance For Sport Relief on BBC 1 and Sky 1's Guinness World Records Smashed.
There has been rumours that there could be a swap with the X Factor in the UK with Jones and Scherzinger moving to the UK show and Dermot O’Leary and Kelly Rowland taking their places in the US. However last week O’Leary said although he went for Jones’ job originally, he was happy with the new format in the UK and enjoying working with Gary Barlow.