After just one series acting as a judge on the ITV singing contest, Nick confirmed last month that he was stepping down from the role.
He’s now admitted that he made the tough decision to leave as he felt overworked juggling his job hosting the Radio 1 breakfast show, as well as serving as an ‘X Factor’ judge.
Grimmy tells the Daily Star: “Doing X Factor and the radio was work all the time.
He continues: “There hadn’t been any discussions when I made my decision. So I thought before there were months of speculation over who was going to be back, I’d say I didn’t want to and get it out of the way.”
Nick isn’t the only of last year’s ‘X Factor’ cast who won’t be back this year, with presenters Olly Murs and Caroline Flack both revealing that they were bidding farewell to the show, after just one year at the helm.
Attention now turns to who’ll be filling Grimmy’s seat on this year’s panel, with former One Direction singer Louis Tomlinson the current favourite, particularly after he admitted he fancied himself for the job.
Meanwhile, it has been suggested that Dermot O’Leary could be returning to present, with a question mark still hovering over whether Rita Ora will be back for a second year on the judging panel, alongside Cheryl Fernandez-Versini and Simon Cowell.