Paula Abdul has announced that she will not continue her role on The X Factor USA in 2012.
The 49-year-old judge released a statement confirming her exit, following recent rumours about her future. Simon Cowell thanked Abdul for her time on the programme, and hinted that the pair may be working together again in the "near future".
The news follows the departures of fellow judge Nicole Scherzinger and host Steve Jones.
Cowell expressed his gratitude to Abdul, Scherzinger and Jones in a statement, saying: "I want to say a massive thank you to Paula, Nicole and Steve for being part of The X Factor last year. We had a lot of fun making the show together and importantly, we found some real talent and stars.
"You do develop friendships with the people you work with and Paula, in particular, is a very close friend and I expect to be working with her on another project in the near future.
"I'm sure all three are going to have massive success in what they do next, but now is the time to thank them all for everything they did last year."