Shocker:  Paula Abdul won't return to Fox's singing competition 'The X-Factor' when it returns for its second season this fall.  Abdul joins fellow judge Nicole Scherzinger and host Steve Jones on the pink-slip list.

Abdul released a statement confirming her departure.

"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 and I, along with Fox and Fremantle, have been communicating about this for a while now, and 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.”

[ABC Prep]