This year's Brits hosts say they prefer working on Simon Cowell's other show, BGT
Ant and Dec have stated there’s “not a chance” that they’ll host The X Factor this year.
However, ahead of presenting tonight’s Brit Awards, Ant told The Mirror: “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 [singing], but we get everything – magicians, jugglers, dogs.”
He concluded: “Once you’ve seen all that variety, I’m not sure we could do just singers again.”
The Mirror has since reported that Simon Cowell is planning on bringing back a familiar face in the form of Dermot O’Leary to front the new series of The X Factor instead.
A show insider told the tabloid: “We want the show to be bigger and better than last year and one thing that people really missed was Dermot.
“He is as much part of The X Factor as Simon Cowell for most people so it makes sense to approach him about returning. Dermot is thinking things through and a big money deal will be offered to try to tempt him back.”
They concluded: “Nothing is signed but it is looking like a distinct possibility that he will return which is great news for viewers and for Dermot as he has missed working on one of the biggest shows on TV.”
O’Leary – who currently fronts BBC Saturday night show Getaway Car – is said to have “more offers than he has ever had in his career at the moment”.
However, the source continued: “He isn’t on an exclusive contract with the BBC and would definitely love to work with ITV. For him the decision will probably come down to balance.”
O’Leary hosted The X Factor between 2007 and 2014, with Murs and Flack lasting just one series – much like judge Nick Grimshaw who also confirmed last week that he will not be returning to the panel.