23/09/2015 09:17 BST | Updated 23/09/2015 09:59 BST

'X Factor' Could Take Hiatus, Reveals Exec Producer: 'I Think You Rest It And Then Bring It Back'

The 'X Factor' crew could have to find other work

The latest series of the show has suffered yet another ratings drop, despite a big relaunch which saw the introduction of Caroline Flack and Olly Murs as new hosts, and Nick Grimshaw and Rita Ora replace Louis Walsh and Mel B on the panel.

In order to stop the sliding viewing figures, Richard has suggested that taking the show off air for a while could keep the public’s appetite for it.

"[X Factor] will have a finite life span. But I think you then rest it, then you bring it back," Billboard quotes him as saying.

"As long as we produce the show to a standard, which the public really, really wants to see... then there is no reason why we can't produce it for years and years and years.

"I think it could run for many, many years. It's our most profitable show," he added.

However, he did insist the recent ratings drop could be down to a change in the way people watch TV in the era of on-demand and catch-up services.

"Viewing habits have changed enormously, especially in the last couple of years... we all got to appreciate that and kind of consider it more," he said.

Simon Cowell signed a new deal with ITV in 2013 to keep the ‘X Factor’ and ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ on air until 2016, so it is likely any hiatus would occur after that.

Former host Dermot O’Leary recently claimed that Louis Walsh is “loving” the fact the ratings have dropped since his departure.

He told The Sun last week: "I haven't seen Louis for ages but I got a text from him last week saying, 'They're missing us, Dermot - have you seen the ratings?' He was loving that.”

‘The X Factor’ returns on Sunday at 7pm on ITV.

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