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Fox: Abdul exiting 'X Factor'; third to leave show

Tuesday, January 31, 2012
FILE - In this April 6, 2008 file photo, Paula Abdul, left, and Simon Cowell are seen on stage at the Idol Gives Back fundraising special of American Idol in Los Angeles. A person familiar with negotiations for The X Factor says Paula Abdul will be the fourth judge on the new Fox singing competition. Abdul will be on hand for the Sunday, May 8, 2011 taping of the first judging session in Los Angeles, according to a person familiar with the talks. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because Fox and the shows producers had not authorized public comment. Widely expected, Abduls participation reunites her with fellow judge Simon Cowell, her former sparring partner on the American Idol judging panel. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)

FILE - In this April 6, 2008 file photo, Paula Abdul, left, and Simon Cowell are seen on stage at the "Idol Gives Back" fundraising special of "American Idol" in Los Angeles. A person familiar with negotiations for "The X Factor" says Paula Abdul will be the fourth judge on the new Fox singing competition. Abdul will be on hand for the Sunday, May 8, 2011 taping of the first judging session in Los Angeles, according to a person familiar with the talks. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because Fox and the show's producers had not authorized public comment. Widely expected, Abdul's participation reunites her with fellow judge Simon Cowell, her former sparring partner on the "American Idol" judging panel. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File) (AP Photo)

Paula Abdul says she's leaving "The X Factor" after one season as a judge on Simon Cowell's singing contest.

Abdul announced her exit Tuesday, on the heels of the departures of "X Factor" judge Nicole Scherzinger and host Steve Jones.

That leaves Cowell and Antonio "L.A." Reid on the judging panel. There was no immediate word from producers on who might fill the open seats.

Abdul said in a statement that she's learned that "business decisions often times override personal considerations" and that she and Cowell remain friends.

Despite respectable ratings, "X Factor" has failed to achieve popularity similar to "American Idol," which Cowell left to import "X Factor" from the U.K. to the U.S.

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