News - February 22, 2016

Olly Murs, Caroline Flack and Nick Grimshaw leave The X-Factor
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Olly Murs and Nick Grimshaw leave The X-Factor

Presenters Olly Murs and Caroline Flack and judge Nick Grimshaw have confirmed they will not be returning for the new series of The X-Factor. 

Murs, who only replaced Dermot O'Leary as the show's presenter at the start of the last series, will not return for the show's next series. 

In a statement given to The Sun, Murs said of his departure: "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.”

Simon Cowell confirmed Murs' departure, adding: "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.”

Flack also confirmed she was leaving the show today (February 22nd), saying in a statement: "I have had a brilliant time working on The X Factor over the last few years, and hosting the main show was just fantastic, I made some amazing friends. I'm looking forward to carrying on working with the team over at ITV."

Grimshaw confirmed his departure last week, Grimshaw revealing on his Radio One show that he would not be returning for a new series. 

There has also been a statement from  Richard Holloway, chief executive at the show's production company Freemantle Media, who said: "Caroline and Olly were a brilliant double act on The X Factor, from their early days on Xtra Factor to last year at the helm of the main show. I’d like to thank Caroline and Olly for their contribution to the show and wish them all the best."

Judges Rita Ora and Cheryl Fernandez-Versini have yet to confirm whether they will be returning to the show next year, while both former judge Louis Walsh and One Direction star Louis Tomlinson have been linked with a spot on the judging panel. 

The X-Factor will return for a 13th series later this year. 

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