Sarah Jane Crawford leaving The X Factor after just one season
Published 12/05/2015 | 07:58
It's a year of upheaval for the TV behemoth that is X Factor and now another familiar face bites the dust.
Sarah-Jane Crawford is leaving sister show The Xtra Factor after just one season presenting.
She took to Twitter to announce the news, "Xtra factor has been amazing.
"However I have a new project coming up this summer & with all the changes happening I won't be back.
"But I'm so excited to see the new line up and wanna wish them all the luck in the world... Can't wait to watch them in action!"
The 33-year-old presenter follows long-time host Dermot O'Leary out the X Factor door and it is rumoured that judge Louis Walsh is next for the chop.
Her exit could pave the way for Irish presenter Laura Whitmore, who had also been short-listed for the gig last year but lost out to Sarah Jane, who is a close friend.
Laura's wealth of TV experience, not least I'm A Celebrity: Get Me Out of Here Now on ITV2, makes her a prime candidate for the role.
Meanwhile, Dermot O'Leary has been replaced by former Xtra Factor hosts Olly Murs and Caroline Flack while Nick Grimshaw of BBC Radio 1 is being mooted as Louis' replacement.
Simon Cowell has appeared to confirm that Walsh will not be back on this year's panel as he tries to boost ratings for the 11-year-old show with a radical shake up.
"Louis Walsh is one of the good guys. We will always be friends. The door remains open and who knows what's next," he tweeted yesterday, appearing to suggest Louis won't be back.
Walsh (62) hinted earlier this year that he was ready to leave.
"I think I'm done with X Factor, honestly," he said. "My day job is as a manager, and I've kind of neglected that. I want to get back to being a manager."
However, he then said he would return with "enthusiasm" if he was asked.
He is reportedly being lined up for a job on Ireland's Got Talent.
Simon and Cheryl Fernandez Versini are reportedly the only two familiar faces returning to the show.