Gary Barlow 'To Quit X Factor, SiCo To Return?'
He reportedly agrees departure as Louis lobbies for Simon Cowell comeback...
The Mirror claims that the Take That star has privately agreed with ITV1 execs not to return to the show next year - and there are claims that Simon Cowell could return to replace him.
A source told the paper: "It's time for a shake-up. While Gary has never committed to another series, he was willing to listen to offers if this one went well.
"However, he was given the least desirable category – the Overs – and three of his four acts have already been eliminated.
"He feels his integrity has been compromised and the show has lost its credibility. By mutual consent, he will not be returning next year."
Meanwhile the show's longest-serving judge Louis Walsh publicly urged SiCo to return to the panel.
He told The Sun: "If Simon did come back, he'd have the number one show. That's the thing about Simon — he always wants to be number one.
"We need him in the building, he's always fun, he keeps everybody on their toes. I wish he'd come back."
Viewing figures for The X Factor have slumped this year, with the show regularly getting beaten by Strictly Come Dancing in the ratings.