Louis Walsh axed from X Factor after 11 years as Simon Cowell fears fans are tired of the Irish judge - reports
Simon Cowell has reportedly axed resident Irish judge Louis Walsh from the X Factor judging panel after an 11 year stint on the show.
Music mogul Simon is believed to be cutting Louis loose as he fears fans of the long-running talent show are tiring of the Irish judge.
“Viewers had become sick of Louis’ constant use of tired clichés and the same old jokes,” an insider told The Irish Sun.
“He’d been doing it for 11 years and it seemed like he was just going through the motions.”
The Mayo-born boy band manager is not thought to have taken the blow too hard and is said to be “ready” to vacate his seat after more than a decade.
After Westlife’s international success, Louis is keen to throw all of his focus into his Irish boy band Hometown who he believes have the potential for stardom that rivals One Direction.
X Factor bosses are now panicking as they have two seats to fill after Mel B was also axed after just one year.
As a testament to their close friendship, Simon is believed to have broken the news to Louis in person.
“They are close friends so Simon wanted to do this in the right way,” an insider said.
“He didn’t want to leave the discussion to executive producer Richard Holloway because that backfired so badly when he sacked Cheryl Fernandez Versini from X Factor USA in 2011.
“Simon spoke to Louis and told him that it’s 95pc certain that he’ll be stood down this year,” said the insider.
This isn’t the first time Louis has been asked to leave his seat on the X Factor. In 2007, Louis was fired from the show, only to be reinstated after an apology from Cowell.
“It is very likely that Simon will invite Louis down to X Factor this year to act as his adviser behind the scenes. It will be up to Louis if he chooses to come but Simon views him as part of his family,” said the insider.
Louis is not the only casualty of the freshened up new series, as host Dermot O’Leary has also been cut from the show after a long stint. He will be replaced by former X Factor contestant Olly Murs and Caroline Flack who will take the reigns of the main show on TV3.