Sunday 25 September 2016

Nick Grimshaw reveals why he quit X Factor after just one season

Published 14/03/2016 | 12:03

Nick Grimshaw attending the Elle Style Awards 2016 held at Tate Britain in Millbank, London
Nick Grimshaw attending the Elle Style Awards 2016 held at Tate Britain in Millbank, London

Nick Grimshaw has revealed why he has bowed out of X Factor after just one season on the ITV show.

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The BBC Radio 1 presenter was drafted in last season to replace Louis Walsh who had been axed, along with presenter Dermot O'Leary, after 11 years.

Grimmy's presence on the show - as well as the show itself - was criticised by Louis and some X Factor viewers.

However, the criticism is not the reason Grimshaw has packed it in.  It was more a question of an unbearable workload.

"I love going to work and I like to be busy," he told the Daily Star. "But doing X Factor and the radio was work all the time.

"I was doing the show in the morning and then working on X Factor from midday to midnight. It was every day. I will miss X Factor but I don’t regret my decision to go."

The 31-year-old presenter said there had not been any discussions with ITV about the upcoming series when he made his decision.

"So I thought before there were months of speculation over who was going to be back, I’d say I didn’t want to and get it out of the way," he said.

The X Factor pulled in disappointing ratings during its last series
The X Factor pulled in disappointing ratings during its last series

"Once I decided, I decided and that was it”.

Grimshaw may well have preempted being axed by Simon Cowell.  Presenters Olly Murs and Caroline Flack have also departed the series after just one season as the main presenters.

It is unclear whether or not his pal and fellow judge Rita Ora will return for the upcoming series.

She was poached by Simon Cowell from rival show The Voice on BBC and last year was her first on X Factor.

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