Cowell dumps Nicole from US X Factor
CHERYL Cole could be forgiven a wry smile today after Nicole Scherzinger - who replaced the Girls Aloud singer as a judge on US X Factor - got the axe.
A spokeswoman confirmed that the Pussycat Doll and host Steve Jones will not return for the show's second season.
Jones called his departure "a shame" and added that he couldn't complain, "as I've had a great time".
He gave no reason for not returning to the singing contest.
Jones was originally slated to host The X Factor alongside Scherzinger, who replaced Cole as a judge when Simon Cowell and other producers had second thoughts about Cole after just a few auditions.
Cowell, Paula Abdul and LA Reid were the other judges on the show. Despite consistent viewership, The X Factor has failed to achieve popularity similar to American Idol, which Cowell left to import The X Factor from the UK.
Meanwhile, Strictly Come Dancing judge Len Goodman has blasted Simon Cowell for poaching Alesha Dixon and declared: "Shame on you."
He branded the media mogul's actions "spiteful" after Cowell said he brought Dixon to Britain's Got Talent to hurt his dance rival.
Goodman - who is an acquaintance of the talent show boss - said he was "disappointed" in Cowell if that was his motivation.
And he accused him of spoiling the pleasure of millions of viewers.
Dixon walked out on Strictly earlier this month in a shock move after three years with the series.
Speaking about his signing, Cowell said: "My decision to poach her was 70-30 on the fact she was on Strictly and the fact I liked her.
"With us and the BBC, I laugh about it, but there is unbelievable rivalry now. They want to be number one, I want to be number one. We do what it takes."
But Goodman hit back today, saying: "I would never knock the opposition and I think it is spiteful and mean if that is the case that Simon said 'I just want to be spiteful towards Strictly'.
"Because why would you want to do that? Why would you want to spoil millions of people's pleasures? It's not the right way to behave, so if that is the case - shame on you, Simon."