First, host Steve Jones was fired, then came the announcement that judge Nicole Scherzinger was OUT.
And finally, Paula Abdul also was shown the door.
According to a show source, 'X Factor' season 2 offsite meetings are taking place-- hosted by show creator Simon Cowell.
The purpose: To discuss what went wrong and what was done right on season 1 of the Fox singing competition.
According to one source, Paula Abdul's role was seen as "irrelevant to the mix," in part through no fault of her own. (As mentor to the groups, her contestants were picked off early in the competition).
As for Steve Jones and Nicole Scherzinger, another show insider says the "X Factor" host was notified by a show producer around 7:30pm Eastern on Monday evening that his option was not being picked up. (Cowell did not call Jones personally to deliver the news.)
Soon after, Scherzinger was informed that her contract also would not be renewed. The host and judge did not receive an explanation for the decision, but a source close to the show says Cowell has decided that the show needs a bigger celebrity on the panel next season.
A source says LA Reid, the fourth judge on the X Factor panel, has not been informed of any change to his status as judge.