Dermot O’Leary has announced he’s leaving The X Factor.
The hugely popular presenter, who has fronted the ITV talent show for nearly a decade and has become a household name across the country, has revealed he’s stepping back as he plans to move on to other things.
He posted a series of messages on Twitter confirming the news: ‘After eight wonderful years on The X Factor it’s time for me to move on.’
‘I’d like to thank ITV, Simon, The X Factor family and particularly the viewers, all of whom have been a big part of my life for so long.
‘I’d like to wish the team all the best for the future, especially whoever takes over from me. You’re about to be the conductor on the most brilliant, runaway train in showbiz. Good luck you’ll love it!’
An ITV spokesman said: ‘Dermot’s been a fantastic host of The X Factor for the past eight series and we’re sorry to see him go. We wish him all the very best for the future and hope that he’ll be back on ITV screens soon.’
The 41-year-old has been a mainstay on Simon Cowell’s popular singing competition since 2007.