Rylan Clark-Neal And Matt Edmonson React To The Xtra Factor’s Axing

It's been announced that the show is coming to an end after 12 years on the air

Rylan Clark-Neal and Matt Edmonson have received some pretty bad news.

It’s been announced that The Xtra Factor has been axed, meaning the pair won’t be returning to our screens later this year. Booo.

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Rylan Clark-Neal and Matt Edmonson

Rylan Clark-Neal and Matt Edmonson presented The X Factor together last year

An ITV spokesperson tells the Daily Mirror: ‘The X Factor is our biggest ITV entertainment show, in terms of online engagement.

‘We have taken the decision to move away from a linear switchover show, and instead focus our efforts on our digital platforms, in support of the main show.’

The Xtra Factor first aired in 2004 and has previously been hosted by famous faces including Caroline Flack, Olly Murs, Fearne Cotton and Holly Willoughby.

Caroline Flack and Olly Murs

Caroline Flack and Olly Murs presented the show for a number of years

It’s been made clear that Rylan, 28, and 31-year-old Matt had nothing to do with ITV’s decision, with a source telling The Sun: ‘They did a great job and if the show was continuing on TV they would definitely be returning.

‘It’s just about the nature of how people consume TV now. ITV is already doing a very similar thing with The Voice.’

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And they’ve proven there are no hard feelings over on Twitter. Rylan Tweeted: ‘After an amazing series I just want to say what an honour it was to finally host The Xtra Factor alongside the lovely Matt and naughty scamp Roman.

‘It was always a one year gig (LOLS) and a full 360 for me and I’m grateful I had that opportunity. I propose a wake alongside Matt, Roman, Rochelle, Melvin, Sarah, MattR, Caroline, Olly, Konnie, Fearne, Holly & Ben where we can all wear black and mourn as one.’

Matt wrote: ‘I had an absolute blast working on the show- it’s honestly the most fun I’ve ever had at work, and it’s thanks to the best production team in the world.

‘I love working with Rylan and Roman, and I’ve no doubt we’ll get to do something fun in the future. There aren’t many shows on telly that are live and silly, but I’m glad I got to sink my teeth into this one.’

Aw. We’re going to miss you guys!