Music mogul Simon Cowell fought to help his friend Paula Abdul keep her job as a judge on "The X Factor," but he was overruled by TV executives.
Abdul was dropped from the line-up of the reality show last month, along with fellow panel member Nicole Scherzinger and host Steve Jones.
Antonio 'L.A.' Reid kept his place as a judge, and Cowell reveals he did everything he could to keep Abdul alongside him on the Fox series when negotiations began at the start of the year.
He told "Extra," "I would've liked to have kept her. She was very gracious and I said that to her. She understands it's business; it's never personal."
Cowell also dismissed reports he is offering new mother Beyonce a spot on the second season of the show, declaring: "I have no idea where this rumor came from. I read it online that I offered her $100 million a year. It's complete nonsense."
Speaking about Scherzinger's departure, he adds, "I don't think she's mad. I think she's disappointed."
Meanwhile Scherzinger has opened up about her departure, insisting she gave the job "110 percent" effort and has "no regrets."
The former Pussycat Dolls star stepped in to replace Cheryl Cole after the British singer was booted from the judging panel last year, but she was also axed from the line-up ahead of the second season.
Scherzinger has now spoken for the first time about her exit, revealing she doesn't know why she lost the job but is glad she gave it a go.
She told "Access Hollywood," "What happened? Well, all I know is that I gave 110 per cent to that show. I don't know. I know everybody's talking about it. They're saying good, bad, they love me or hate me, but the one thing you can't say is that I didn't give it my all...
"I had a wonderful experience on the show. I loved being a part of my X Factor family. Nothing could obviously prepare me for everything I had to go through, all the emotions and stuff, but I have no regrets. I've always believed in never looking back and just moving forward and I've got an amazing year to look forward to."