Is Olly Murs to quit The X Factor in support of Caroline Flack?

As Caroline Flack allegedly faces the axe from The X Factor, her co-host Olly Murs is still 'in talks' regarding his future on the ITV talent show.


by Jennifer Read-Dominguez |
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Olly Murs is reportedly about to become the latest X Factor casualty, following the departures of his co-presenter Caroline Flack and judge, Nick Grimshaw.

After just one year in the job, the 31-year-old who joined The X Factor as a presenter for the 2015 series was responsible for a number of blunders, including revealing that contestant Monica Michael was leaving before the results were announced.

And now, according to reports, Olly has been given the opportunity to quit the show.

Talking to The Mirror, a source said: "Simon Cowell likes Olly and doesn't want him to go under a cloud, so he's being given the chance to walk before he's pushed.

"Olly always said he would never present the show without Caroline.

"They come as a package. He had a good time on the show and got on very well with everyone, but realises his forte is music."

However a rep for Olly confirmed that no decision has been made yet.

"He's still in talks with management and has been for a couple weeks about whether he continues as he’s working on a new album," the rep added.

The show could be looking very different when it returns to screens at the end of the year, as Nick Grimshaw announced earlier this week that he won't be returning to the judging panel.

A statement released by his spokesperson said: "After careful consideration, Nick's decided to rule himself out as a judge on this year's X Factor.

"He loved working on last year's series alongside Rita, Cheryl and Simon, but it was very much a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

"He remains a massive fan of the show and is looking forward to watching it this year."

Bookie's favourite to take his place is One Direction star and new-dad, Louis Tomlinson. With former judges Louis Walsh and Sharon Osbourne also being hotly tipped to make a return.

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