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Dermot O’Leary quits X-Factor

By | Published on Monday 30 March 2015

Dermot O'Leary

Dermot O’Leary has announced that he is leaving ‘X-Factor’, after eight years hosting the show.

In a statement, O’Leary said: “After eight wonderful years on ‘The X Factor’ it’s time for me to move on. I’d like to thank ITV, Simon [Cowell], the ‘X-Factor’ family and particularly the viewers, all of whom have been a big part of my life for so long. I’d like to wish the team all the best for the future, especially whoever takes over from me. You’re about to be the conductor on the most brilliant, runaway train in showbiz. Good luck, you’ll love it!”

An ITV spokesperson added: “Dermot’s been a fantastic host of ‘The X-Factor’ for the past eight series and we’re sorry to see him go. We wish him all the very best for the future and hope that he’ll be back on ITV screens soon”.

Whether or not he will remains to be seen. O’Leary will continue to present his show on BBC Radio 2 though, and has been tipped by bookies to replace Jeremy Clarkson on ‘Top Gear’.