“That's such gossip, man. I was very hurt by that because it was my ex-manager who said that. It just unfortunately goes to show how much he doesn't know... He wasn't involved. It was a hard process for me and I'm sure for Cheryl. I started out as a co-host and I loved the job. They offered me the job (of judge) and I was just ecstatic and I was so grateful to be a part of it (show) in that way," Nicole said on U.S. radio show Kidd Kraddick in The Morning..
The Pussycat Dolls added that the producers of the show would not spend so much just to gain cheap publicity. “I don't think Freemantle and all these people would go through all that money to have to go through something like that," she added.
It may be recalled that Nicole Scherzinger was called in to join Simon Cowell, L.A. Reid and Paula Abdul to judge US X Factor after Girls Aloud singer Cheryl Cole was unceremoniously sacked from the judging panel after a few auditions.