Host Steve Jones and judge Nicole Scherzinger have both parted ways with "The X Factor," Access Hollywood has confirmed.
A rep for FOX, the network behind Simon Cowell's reality singing competition, confirmed the news to Access on Monday evening.
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Steve Jones was first to break the news himself, Tweeting on Monday, "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."
A source told E! News, which first reported Nicole's departure, that she wanted to concentrate on her career.
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"She wants to focus on her music career," a source told E! News. "She's spoken to Simon [Cowell] and he's given her his blessing."
Back in December, reports first surfaced in the British tabloids that "The X Factor" would continue its second season without Steve.
Appearing on Access Hollywood Live as the rumors first hit the news, the host said if he did leave - it could open the door to romance with his then co-star, Nicole.
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"We're colleagues and we're good friends," Steve told Billy Bush and Kit Hoover when asked why he hasn't pursued the single singer, whom he said was, "smokin' hot." "If I ever leave 'X Factor,' Scherzinger's phone will be smoking hot from me ringing it constantly 'cause if we're not colleagues - oh, she's fair game. Oh yeah!"
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