After yesterday’s reports that Olly Murs was ‘in discussions’ about his X Factor future and that Simon Cowell was giving him the chance to walk before he’s pushed, the singer has now quit the show.
This comes after Nick Grimshaw bowed out of his seat on the judging panel, with rumours also claiming that Olly’s presenting partner, Caroline Flack, has been given the boot.
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Given that we’re only in February and there’s already been all this drama, something tells us it’s going to be a long few months before the next X Factor begins.
Olly, who reportedly made his mind up last month, announced his decision to leave the show in The Sun, saying: “This was an incredibly hard decision to make and one I didn’t take lightly as I’ve really enjoyed co-hosting The X Factor.
“It’s been one big adventure and I loved every minute of it. But my heart belongs to music and I want to concentrate 100 per cent on making my next album and getting back to performing.”
Olly and Caroline joined the show as hosts last year, replacing long-time X Factor presenter Dermot O’Leary.
He went on to say he ‘couldn’t see himself’ having time to work on his next album and present the show this year, having felt like ‘the music side of things had to be shoehorned into the TV schedule’ while he was presenting last year.
Giving his say on the news, Simon told The Sun: “It was fantastic having Olly on The X Factor last year and now this year he has to concentrate on his new album.
“In addition to this we have agreed to work on some other TV projects in the future.”