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

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)

January 31, 2012 12:02:44 PM PST
Paula Abdul says she's leaving "The X Factor" after one season as a judge on Simon Cowell's singing contest.