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Simon Cowell Misses Paula Abdul on the ‘X Factor’ (Video)

Simon Cowell is missing Paula Abdul.

In an interview with Extra, Simon reveals that the recent X-Factor firings didn’t come directly from Cowell. In fact, if it was up to him, one familiar face would still be there.

“You know, it was fairly straight what (the network) wanted,” Cowell said of talks with FOX officials. “We were told it had to happen straight away.”

“It” being the rapid-fire terminations of host Steve Jones, judge Nicole Scherzinger and Cowell’s fellow former “American Idol” judge Paula Abdul.

“I would have liked to have kept her,” he said.

But Simon still blames himself for the loss.

“Most things did work (on the show). It was only because I opened my big mouth at the beginning and said we were going to get 20 million (viewers). If I hadn’t said that, everybody would be saying the show, as a new show, was a huge success.”

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