Dermot O'Leary leaves The X-Factor after eight years
Dermot O'Leary has confirmed today (March 27th) that he has left his job as presenter of The X-Factor after eight years.
O'Leary took over the hosting role on the hugely successful reality show from Kate Thornton in 2006 and has been a mainstay ever since, but revealed today he has left the show.
He said in a statement: "After eight wonderful years on The X Factor it's time for me to move on. I'd like to thank ITV, Simon, 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!"
Good afternoon. After eight wonderful years on @TheXFactor it's time for me to move on.— Dermot O'Leary (@radioleary) March 27, 2015
There is no word on who will take over from O'Leary for the show's 12th series, which is due to begin later this year.