Paula Abdul, we can barely remember a time when you weren’t gently crushing people’s dreams on TV somewhere. Don’t make us go back to those dark days! Unfortunately, it’s official: Paula, fellow judge Nicole Scherzinger and host Steve Jones will not be returning for The X-Factor‘s second season, leaving Simon Cowell and L.A. Reid as the only returning castmembers. “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,” Abdul said as part of a statement this afternoon. Oh, how it hurts! Like they’re canceling Hey Paula all over again!
So who should take over for Paula and Nicole when it comes to dismissing mediocre 13-year-olds next fall? Luckily there were plenty of names thrown around last year as potential judges that we think would still be a perfect fit. All we need is the sweet, vaguely maternal judge (Mariah Carey, finally?), a judge who weeps uncontrollably (Jessica Simpson?) and an attractive if somewhat robotic British host (C-3PO?). While some of these options might seem like a pipe dreams (C-3P0 hasn’t worked in years), we wouldn’t be surprised if Simon managed to land some impressively big talent for the show. Who do you think should fill Paula and Nicole’s shoes on the show?
We told you last week that Hayden Panetierre‘s on-off BF, Welsh TV host Steve Jones, is making a move over to the States — but his brutal honesty about the behavior of some of his interviewees might ruffle a few feathers. Steve gave an interview to British magazine Live where he skewered the truth about many of his A-list guests hilariously…
Christian Bale: “Total idiot.”
Vince Vaughn: “A miserable sod.”
Avril Lavigne: “Beyond boring. Beyond self-involved.”
Shia LaBeouf: “A total corpse.”
Gene Simmons: “The most unbelievably vain, egotistical bloke I have EVER come across. He has a whole room in his house dedicated to all his Kiss rock memorabilia. He can talk about himself for hours and not even know who he’s talking to. That’s pretty tragic,” he said.
We love it when people go off-message and start talking this way. You can just hear the stars’ PRs exploding with rage already. Let’s hope this excellent honesty doesn’t jinx his ABC talk show plans — it could be a celebrity revolution. [Photo: WireImage]
Hey, America! You know what you really, really need? Another British TV host! Yes! We’ve been thinking over here in the UK that what you have been missing is another unfamiliar accent chirping out of your TVs and taking another one of the top jobs that doesn’t already belong to Ryan Seacrest.
“I am currently in talks with the American TV network ABC but things are only in the planning stage at the minute. It will be my own show, which may last for about six weeks,” he said. America, lock up your daughters. [Photo: WireImage]
Phew, the girl’s got some sense. Hayden Panettiere has called it a day with Welsh TV presenter — and ex of Pamela Anderson — Steve Jones, after the pair were spotted getting cozy on a yacht in Cannes. Hayden blames that old chestnut, “distance” on the split, although we’d say a 13-year-old age gap might also be a valid reason when you’re only 19 years old.
“I’m single and mingling. Steve lives in London, the distance is a bit too much. I’m not dating anyone specifically and I’m not looking for a house with anyone. Cannes was a great experience. I was on vacation and some friends were going so I decided to come along. It was fun,” she said.
Firmly put. Now your next mission, Hayden, is to find a suitable boy under 25. Although we’re not holding out much hope. [Photo: Splash News Online]
David Furnish‘s Cannes yacht party may have been Monday, but Hayden Panettiere and British TV presenter Steve Jones were still sunbathing together the next day. The pair have been seen frequently together for about week, in both London and Cannes: if they’re not dating, they’ve truly become fast, half-naked friends. Eat your heart out, Milo Ventimiglia!