Fox: Abdul exiting 'X Factor'; third to leave show

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FILE - In this Dec. 22, 2011 file photo, singer Paula Abdul poses on the red carpet at The X Factor Finale show in Los Angeles. Abdul said she's leaving "The X Factor" after one season as judge. (AP Photo/Dan Steinberg, file)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Paula Abdul says she's leaving "The X Factor" after one season as a judge on Simon Cowell's singing contest.

Abdul announced her exit Tuesday, on the heels of the departures of "X Factor" judge Nicole Scherzinger and host Steve Jones.

That leaves Cowell and Antonio "L.A." Reid on the judging panel. There was no immediate word from producers on who might fill the open seats.

Abdul said in a statement that she's learned that "business decisions often times override personal considerations" and that she and Cowell remain friends.

Despite respectable ratings, "X Factor" has failed to achieve popularity similar to "American Idol," which Cowell left to import "X Factor" from the U.K. to the U.S.