Dermot O'Leary Says Gary Barlow Is Leaving X Factor!
The presenter reveals the star will "leave at the end of this year"…
Wednesday, August 21, 2013 - 20:07
Dermot O'Leary has inadvertently revealed that X Factor judge Gary Barlow will be leaving the show at the end of this year.
The presenter dropped the bombshell while discussing the show on the red carpet at the premiere of One Direction's new film This Is Us last night.
When asked whether Simon Cowell would consider returning to the UK series, O'Leary told the Press Association: "If Simon comes back the dynamic will be very different. Gary obviously wouldn't be there, Gary's going to leave at the end of this year anyway."
"Simon's a great judge, it's his show so we'd obviously welcome him back … but Gary's been such a great head judge as well."
Fellow judge Louis Walsh has already confirmed he will not be returning for another season.
Dermot also gushed over this year's judging panel, which features Barlow and Walsh alongside singer Nicole Scherzinger and returning judge Sharon Osbourne.
He continued: "It's a good panel this year, 'cause there's no bitchiness to it, but they wind each other up."
O'Leary added: "Sharon's brilliant. Having Sharon back, she's just been a revelation. She really has, I hope she stays."
ITV bosses and Barlow himself are yet to comment on his apparent departure.
The upcoming 10th series of The X Factor will premiere on ITV at 8pm on August 31.
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