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'X Factor': Former Host Dermot O'Leary Calls For Simon Cowell To Take Show Off Air For A Year, Calling New Format 'Not Nice Television'

Dermot O’Leary has told Simon Cowell to take ‘The X Factor’ off air for a year in a bid to fix the ratings slump.

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The former presenter, who was replaced by Olly Murs and Caroline Flack last year, has offered his advice to his former boss after the ITV talent show shed millions of viewers for the latest series, and trailed way behind BBC rival ‘Strictly Come Dancing’.

Dermot O'Leary

"For me it was always room, arena, boot camp."

He also slammed the controversial Six Chair Challenge stage of the competition, which he branded “cruel”.

Dermot also claimed that mistakes from his replacements throughout the live shows proved that hosting the show wasn’t easy.

'The X Factor' suffered a massive ratings slump last year

The presenter added that he believed he had exited the programme at the “right time”, but claimed there weren’t “many downsides” to hosting the show.

It isn’t the first time the idea of resting ‘The X Factor’ has been mooted.

One of the show’s executive producers, Richard Holloway, previously admitted it could be put on hiatus.


"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.”

There is one more series of the show currently commissioned under the most recent deal, but it’s future beyond that was cast in doubt when ITV bought the rights to air BBC talent show ‘The Voice’ from 2017.

‘The X Factor’ returns to ITV in the autumn.

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