It’s been a rocky week for The X Factor, following the departure of both Nick Grimshaw and Olly Murs. And now, Caroline Flack has spoken out about why she’s quitting the show, too.
‘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’, the presenter has said in a new statement. I’m looking forward to carrying on working with the team over at ITV.’
Caroline hosted the main show for the first time last year alongside Olly, having previously presented The Xtra Factor from 2011-2013.
ITV has also spoken out about Flack’s departure, with Peter Davey, Commissioning Editor ITV Entertainment, saying:
‘We thank Caroline and Olly for all their hard work on The X Factor and the contribution that they’ve made over the past few years. We look forward to working with Caroline again soon and wish Olly the very best as he returns to concentrate on his music career.’
Richard Holloway, Managing Director Thames TV, and Interim CEO FremantleMedia UK, has also 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.’
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Olly has also spoken out, telling The Sun: ‘My heart belongs to music. 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’.
Aw. We wish them both the best.