Louis Walsh Hasn't Been Sacked From The X Factor, Okay?!
Irish music mogul says his fate hasn't been decided...
Despite a tweet from head honcho Simon Cowell suggesting that Walsh had packed his XF bags, the Irish music mogul has since claimed that his fate is yet to be decided.
When quizzed about the rumours, Walsh told the Mail Online: “People keep asking me what's happening with X Factor, but – honestly - I don’t know.
“I definitely haven’t been fired, but I haven’t been hired either, so it’s all up in the air. Either way, there are two empty seats to fill, but that's all I know…”
He added: “More importantly, I feel at peace with whatever happens.”
Speaking of SiCo, Louis had nothing but good things to say, claiming: “Although he’s a little crazy, I love working with Simon.
“We’ve been friends for more than a decade and have a real bromance, so it would be sad in that respect, but he left me a voicemail yesterday saying ‘Don’t worry, Louis, I’ll look after you no matter what,’ so it’s all good.”
With rumours suggesting that that Nick Grimshaw is being lined-up to replace him, Walsh went on to state that he believes the Radio 1 DJ is the right man for the job.
When asked if he thinks Grimmy is qualified, the 62-year old said: “Yeah, he is - because he knows what’s going on in the world of pop.
“He knows what’s cool and what’s not. His only problem is that he wears unusual clothes, but - then again - so does Simon, so they’ll get along famously.”
Sounds like Nick has Louis’ approval then! While on the subject of XF, Louis was also quizzed about Zayn Malik’s decision to quit One Direction - with Walsh insisting his departure is not the end of the boyband.
He claimed: “Geri left the Spice Girls and they were fine. Robbie left Take That and they were fine. Brian left Westlife and they were actually a better group, so 1D will be fine.
"They’re a global phenomenon and will end up being like the Rolling Stones of pop: performing on stage when they’re seventy.”
Walsh concluded: “That said, they’ll have to work a lot harder now they’re a man down, but this will make them a much better group. They’re talented and have the world at their feet. They're not breaking up.”
If you say so, Louis…