The multi-million dollar man, Simon Cowell claims he was out-ruled when it came down to decision time of cutting his favorite sidekick and  co-hort, Paula Abdul. Of course, we’ve already realized that he pushed Nicole Scherzinger and host Steve Jones off the stage into the band pit a long time ago.

They must have picked up Steve from the local Burger King drive-thru prior to his hire at X-Factor. He is the worst host that has ever landed on television.

Here is a few statements from Simon:

“I would’ve liked to have kept her,” Cowell, 52, he tells Extra. “She was very gracious and I said that to her. She understands it’s business; it’s never personal.”

He also explained that the decision was a long time coming and was ultimately made “at the beginning of the year — and we were told it had to happen straight away.”

As we know, Antonio L.A. Reid is the only judge left on the hit show. Who will follow? There has been rumors that Beyonce and Mariah Carey are in talks of being apart of the judge panel. Also, it was stated that Beyonce was offered a nine-figure contract to join the panel.

Well, Simon immediately squashed those rumors as well stating:

“The budget for the show is $100 million. That would never ever happen. It’s absolute nonsense,” he told Extra. “No one is going to pay $100 million for someone. I genuinely haven’t had a conversation with her about it. Not at all.”

And there you have it!

Who would you like to see on the panel?

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