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Simon Cowell axes Caroline Flack and Nick Grimshaw quits the X Factor. After last years decline in viewing figures it comes as no surprise neither would return.
The Sun reports Nick made the decision to walk at Christmas and confirmed last night he would not return — but insisted it was his decision to leave.
His spokesman told The Sun: “After careful consideration, Nick’s decided to rule himself out as a judge on this year’s X Factor.
“He loved working on last year’s series alongside Rita, Cheryl and Simon but it was very much a once-in-a-lifetime experience. He remains a massive fan of the show and is looking forward to watching it this year.”
X Factor insiders said Grimshaw’s departure had been inevitable for some time. A show source said: “Nick made the decision to jump before he was pushed and that is completely understandable.”
A show spokesman said: “We wish him all the best.”
Caroline Flack has been axed by Simon Cowell. A show source said: “Caroline’s a really experienced broadcaster but the combination of two presenters just didn’t work out this year.“It’s unfortunate for her, but the decision gives her the opportunity to take on a major West End role, which is something she’s wanted for a long time.”
No statement has yet been issued from Caroline or her team.
The other judges fate remains undecided. An X Factor spokesman told the Sun: “Discussions are still going on about the new series.”