'X Factor': Cheryl Cole saga continues, Paula Abdul left out of the loop.
"This is all news to me, I was travelling you know, I'm fifteen hours ahead and apparently it has captured the news while I was travelling, I am just finding out things as you are," she says. "I don't know any information, I don't know whether or not it's true. You probably know more than I do."
She does, however, counter rumors that a lack of chemistry between them was part of the reason Cole was ousted. "All I can tell you is that she is lovely, and I was really excited about the relationship and friendship we were forging and regardless I am looking forward to continuing with that. She's wonderful," she says.
Meanwhile, the UK's Mirror reports that Cowell is "begging" Cole to head up the UK version of "X Factor" as a consolation prize now that her big American debut has been thwarted. Additionally, "The Voice," which has made a splash with US audiences, is now moving over to the BBC, and Cole is apparently being courted for that gig as well.
"It would be a fresh start for her and would mean she could work with people who she trusts and who have her best interests at heart. It would also be a great way of sticking two fingers up at Simon Cowell," says a source at her record company, who notes that Cole has only been offered half of her previous "X Factor" salary to return to the UK version.