Somewhere, Ryan Seacrest is giggling to himself. Eonline.com confirmed Tuesday that judges Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger and host Steve Jones are out at "The X Factor," leaving Simon Cowell and L.A. Reid as the only survivors. Despite the fact that Simon told The Hollywood Reporter that "an audience of less than 20 million viewers would be a flat-out `disappointment,'" the show earned an average of only 12.5 million viewers -- a far cry from "Idol's" 29.3 million. Here's how it went down -- before and after.
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"There should be tension to a point. I liked the `Idol' panel when we first started. We had different opinions, and I think it's important you have different opinions."
-- Simon Cowell, March 2011, on his ideal judging dynamic
"Simon is very good at this. And if `X Factor' brings in 24 million people, I'll be happy if we get 25."
-- Ryan Seacrest, August 2011
"I am excited beyond words to be a part of `The X Factor.' I couldn't be happier to bring my love for cultivating talent and performance to such a wildly anticipated show."
-- Paula Abdul, May 2011
"They were, like, `Monkey, monkey, dance! Let's go!'"
-- Nicole Scherzinger, on the "X Factor" hiring process, August 2011
"I wont be hosting next seasons XFactor which is a shame but I cant complain as I've had a great time. Good luck to everyone on the show."
-- Steve Jones, Tuesday on Twitter
"I wanted to let you know directly from me that it's true I won't be returning to The X Factor. Looking forward to an exciting year ahead and making great music and more! I'm grateful for the love you always give me."
-- Nicole Scherzinger, Tuesday on Twitter, on her exit
"Simon is, and will remain, a dear friend of mine, and I've treasured my experience working this past season. ...I want nothing more than for `The X Factor' to exceed ALL of their wildest dreams."
-- Paula Abdul, Tuesday
"I'm sure all three are going to have massive success in what they do next, but now is the time to thank them all for everything they did last year."
-- Simon Cowell, Tuesday on the "X Factor" exits
Sources: people.com, eonline.com, thr.com