Gary Barlow will not return to The X Factor for a third series next year, according to reports this morning. 

It’s being claimed that Gary has already told ITV1 bossed that he’s quitting, to spend more time with his family and working on his music.

Does this mean Simon Cowell is coming back?

An insider told The Mirror today: “It’s time for a shake-up. While Gary has never committed to another series, he was willing to listen to offers if this one went well.

“However, he was given the least desirable category – the Overs – and three of his four acts have already been eliminated. He feels his integrity has been compromised and the show has lost its credibility.

“By mutual consent, he will not be returning next year.”

This is not good. We love Gary and his fuzzy face. Please don’t go, GB! RM