Ant and Dec rule out hosting The X Factor after Olly Murs, Caroline Flack quit

Published Tuesday, Feb 23 2016, 12:20 GMT  |  By  |  Add comment
Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly have ruled out hosting The X Factor this year.

Since both Olly Murs and Carline Flack have stepped down from their presenting duties on the show, rumours have been rife when it comes to who will be replacing the pair to front the ITV talent competition.

Ant and Dec have both had plenty of experience in that department, thanks to hosting Pop Idol in the past and their current stint on Britain's Got Talent, but the Geordie duo have insisted signing up to a second show with Simon Cowell is not on the cards.

Ant and Dec pose in the winners room with their awards for Best Entertainment Presenters at the National Television Awards at 02 Arena on January 21, 2015 in London, England.

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While we'd never say no to seeing more of Ant and Dec on our screens, the boys recently revealed they're not interested in jumping ship from BGT to The X Factor.

Speaking to The Mirror, Ant claimed there is "no chance" of him and Dec taking over from Olly and Caroline.

He said: "We've done Britain's Got Talent and we work well with Simon Cowell and have done for years. We did the original Pop Idol, so I don't think we could go back to do a singing show.

"On Britain's Got Talent we get that, but we get everything – magicians, jugglers, dogs. Once you've seen all that variety, I'm not sure we could do just singers again."

He and Dec have been hosting BGT for the past ten years, but rumour has it this year may be their last on the show.

Earlier this month, Ant and Dec admitted they were unsure about their future on the show. They said: "It's the last year we're contracted for. We'll have to see. It's been 10 great years. Well, nine great years - we're hoping the 10th will be just as good as the rest!"

"There's no reason why we should leave," they added. "But let's do this series first and make it a good'un."

Louisa Johnson reacts as it is announced that she is the winner of the X Factor 2015 - 13 December.

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Olly and Caroline presented The X Factor last year.

Ant and Dec's latest comments come after it was revealed Emma Willis is the favourite to host The X Factor this year.

She is hotly tipped to take over the reigns, but bookmakers haven't ruled out a comeback from old host Dermot O'Leary.

Emma, meanwhile, has played down rumours she could be joining The X Factor. She said she is yet to be asked by Simon Cowell and added that she's never even met the music mogul.

Not only does Simon have a new host or hosts to find for the show's next series, he is also seeking a new judge too.

Nick Grimshaw confirmed he has quit The X Factor after just one series. While he insists there is "no bad blood" between him and the show, he admitted he preferred watching on the tele from his sofa at home.

"It's a great show and I loved it but it's a once-in-a-lifetime style thing," he said.

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