Sans finger-pointing, the dancer/singer confirmed her empty seat on Tuesday citing "business decisions" for the departure. Paula took it to the tweets and issued a series of statements in 140 characters or less:
Yes, it's true; I won't be returning to The X Factor next season…I’ve learned through my longevity in this industry that business decisions often times override personal considerations...Simon & I, along with Fox & Fremantle, have been communicating about this for a while now, & I have absolute understanding of the situation…Simon is, and will remain a dear friend of mine......and I’ve treasured my experience working this past season with my extended family at Fox and Fremantle…I want nothing more than for The X Factor to exceed ALL of their wildest dreams. This truly has been a blessing and I am most grateful.
Rumors and shtick have shadowed Simon and Paula since the American Idol days, with the duo occasionally poking fun at the idea that they were secretly a real-life couple, notes Yahoo's Lyndsey Parker in her meaty, juicy, and downright bloody histories of X Factor USA and American Idol.
Survey said buzz to judges Steve Jones and judge Nicole Scherzinger who will also not be returning for the next season of the adapted UK talent show.