Former “X Factor” U.S. judge Paula Abdul has given her first interview since being fired from the show. And in the interview, she said that she has been talking with TV networks to return to television.
According to TV Guide, Abdul (who is a spokesperson for the Fembody Nutrition supplement brand) did a press-conference interview on February 27, 2012, to promote Fembody, but she was inevitably asked about “The X Factor” and executive producer Simon Cowell. Before they worked together on “The X Factor” U.S., Cowell and Abdul worked together from 2002 to 2009 as “American Idol” judges.
Abdul left “American Idol” in 2009 over a salary dispute, while Cowell quit in 2010 to launch “The X Factor” U.S., which premiered in September 2011. Fox is the U.S. TV network for “The X Factor” U.S. and “American Idol.”
Abdul commented on her future plans and what kind of contact she has had with Cowell since her “X Factor” firing:
“I will definitely be returning to television. I am in the middle of many network meetings, and I’m being pitched a whole bunch of different ideas. I have some wonderful ideas I want to produce as well. Right now life is good, and I never worry about reinvention. I think it’s the most exciting thing to do.”
“I really can’t rule any of that out because we somehow creep back in all the time. We talk all the time … You know, we’ll see what happens. When you least expect it from me I’m right back in your face. It’s fun for me. I love being able to be creative, and reinvention has never been a fearful thing for me. It’s a welcome challenge.”
Abdul was fired from “The X Factor” U.S. on January 30, 2012, the same day that the show also dismissed judge Nicole Scherzinger and host Steve Jones. The replacements for Abdul, Scherzinger and Jones should be named by May 2012.
Cowell and Epic Records chairman/CEO Antonio “L.A.” Reid will remain as judges on “The X Factor” U.S. in 2012.
After Abdul was fired, Cowell and Fox president of alternative entertainment Mike Darnell each released separate statements implying that Abdul will work with Cowell and Fox again.
Abdul executive produced and starred in two short-lived reality shows that were each canceled after one season because of low ratings: 2007’s “Hey Paula” (which Bravo televised in the U.S.) was a documentary-styled reality show about Abdul, while 2011’s “Live to Dance” (on CBS in the U.S.) was a talent contest for dancers.
According to WWD (Women’s Wear Daily), Abdul also said at the press conference that she is in discussions to start her own fashion line.