Morning Links: ‘The X Factor’ Cleans House, Julian Assange Joins ‘The Simpsons’

● Imported host Steve Jones and esteemed judges Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger are all leaving Simon Cowell’s The X Factor, and apparently not on their own accord: "it was cleaning house day at the so-so rated reality series," writes Deadline’s Nikke Finke. [Deadline]

● Several years older and grey hairs richer, each and every member of Arrested Development’s original cast is returning for the new Netflix season. [Huff Post]

● It seems that, just to be safe, Ashton Kutcher has taken on the Herculean task of sorting through his 9.3 million Twitter followers in order to block certain (re: mostly tabloid) journalists. [Radar]

● Mindy Kaling has sold a sitcom to Fox in which she’ll play a "young Bridget Jones type doctor trying to navigate both her personal and professional lives." [Vulture]

● Wikileaks founder Julian Assange — who is still under house arrest — will play himself on The Simpsons’ landmark 500th episode. [Vulture]

● Already a generously tithing member of her mother’s Calabasas church, Kim Kardashian wants to step things up and start a Bible study group with her friends. [PageSix]

Latest in TV

TV

alexa BlackBook: Fluid Notions: Face to Face with John Cameron Mitchell and Shamir

TV

alexa BlackBook: Style Icon: Edgar Ramirez Fashions a Vivid Portrayal of Legendary Designer Gianni Versace for ‘American Crime Story’

TV

Comedy Central Orders 8 Episodes of Musical Mashup Series

TV

The First Full Trailer for Woody Allen’s Amazon Show is Here

TV

Meet the Mind (and Watercolors) Behind ‘Bojack Horseman’s’ Animal People

TV

‘The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore’ Show Cancelled Pre-Election

TV

Taran Killam and Jay Pharaoh Not Returning to SNL

TV

What to Watch This Weekend In Bed with Armond White