Louis Walsh QUITS The X Factor after 13-years on long-running show… as producers confirm it is ‘the start of a new era’
- The 65-year-old confirmed the news on Thursday afternoon
- ‘I’ve had a fantastic 13 years on The X Factor but the show needs a change,’ he said in an official statement
- Walsh originally joined the hugely popular talent show in 2004
- He will remain as head judge on Ireland’s Got Talent when it returns in 2019
Louis Walsh has announced he will not be returning to The X Factor.
The 65-year-old entertainment manager has been the ITV talent competition’s most long-standing judge, having been on the panel in all but one of the show’s series since its conception in 2004, but on Thursday he revealed he is bowing out of the show.
He said in a statement: ‘I’ve had a fantastic 13 years on The X Factor but the show needs a change and I’m ready to leave.’
Gone: Louis Walsh has announced he will not be returning to The X Factor after 13-years on the show
Louis won’t be leaving Thames and Syco for good though, as although he won’t be working on The X Factor any more, he will still be the head judge on Ireland’s Got Talent, which returns in 2019.
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He added: ‘I’m looking forward to another series of Ireland’s Got Talent, going back to my day job as a manager, writing my memoirs and seeing the world!’
Whilst Thames Managing Director, Amelia Brown, added: ‘Louis has been a huge part of The X Factor’s success since it launched and remains a good friend of the show.
Popular: The 65-year-old entertainment manager has been the ITV talent competition’s most long-standing judge, having been on the panel in all but one of the show’s series since its conception in 2004
‘His contribution cannot be overstated. We would like to thank him for all he has given to the show over the years and look forward to continuing to work with him in the future.’
Meanwhile, fellow judge Sharon Osbourne will also be taking on a different role in the upcoming series of the show, as whilst she will still be on the panel, she’ll only be present for the live shows.
She said: ‘I can’t wait to get back to the judges’ desk. I love the new format.’
Farewell: ‘I’ve had a fantastic 13 years on The X Factor but the show needs a change and I’m ready to leave,’ he said in an official statement
Amelia continued: ‘We are very excited Sharon is taking on a new role on the show and we can’t wait to see her as a judge on the live episodes.
‘This is the start of a new era for The X Factor. I am really excited about all the ideas we have for the coming series including, of course, the new judging panel.’
Creator Simon Cowell will be returning to the series alongside three new judges, who are expected to be announced in due course.
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