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10/06/2015 14:45 BST | Updated 11/06/2015 08:59 BST

Caroline Flack Opens Up About 'Xtra Factor' Exit: 'I Felt Really Upset'

Caroline Flack has opened up about being axed from ‘The Xtra Factor’, revealing her upset at being replaced by Sarah Jane Crawford.

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The presenter - who, in an ironic twist of fate, is set to take over hosting ‘The X Factor’ later this year - has told fans of what actually happened when she lost her job on the ITV2 spin-off show in 2014.

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Caroline Flack

Speaking to the Daily Record, she recalled: "The producers took me for lunch one day, and told me they were screen-testing other people for my job, that they were changing the whole thing.

"They were really nice about it, but I knew I had to leave.”

The reigning ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ champion added: "Yes, I felt really upset, but every career has ups and downs. You have to have a thick skin. And sometimes if you want to have a little cry, you do it on your own, and you get rid of it.

"Then ‘Strictly’ came along and it was like, 'One door shuts, another one opens."'

Caroline originally hosted ‘The Xtra Factor’ with Olly Murs from 2011-2012, before she was joined by Matt Richardson in 2013.

She is set to reunite with Olly when the new series of ‘X Factor’ begins later this year, taking over hosting duties from Dermot O’Leary as part of a massive shake up of the show.

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Sarah Jane took over from Caroline but has since been axed

Sarah Jane also fell victim to the axe, having hosted just one series of ‘The Xtra Factor’.

Simon Cowell is due to return to the panel along with Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, with Nick Grimshaw and Rita Ora rumoured to be replacing axed judges Mel B and Louis Walsh.

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Caroline and Olly will reunite to host 'X Factor'

However, Caroline - who is currently fronting ITV2’s ‘Love Island’ - backed Robbie Williams to take one of the seats, telling The Mirror: “I’d love Robbie. He’d be the dream. He loves the show. I just don’t know if he would do it.

“He’s been brilliant at judges’ houses. I want Snoop Dogg! How good would that be?”

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