Nick Grimshaw reveals why he quit ‘X Factor’

BBC Radio 1 DJ says dual role was too much work

Nick Grimshaw has explained his recent departure from The X Factor, saying that appearing on the show alongside his Radio 1 programme was too much work.

Grimshaw confirmed that he will not be returning to the show after joining for just one series. The BBC Radio 1 DJ joined the show’s judging panel last year, sitting alongside fellow new recruit Rita Ora and show stalwarts Simon Cowell and Cheryl Fernandez-Versini.

“I love going to work and I like to be busy,” he has now told The Daily Star of his decision. “But doing X Factor and the radio was work all the time.”

“I was doing the [BBC Radio 1] show in the morning and then working on X Factor from midday to midnight. It was every day. I will miss X Factor but I don’t regret my decision to go.”

Grimshaw also denied suggestions that he quit because he was eventually due to be sacked, saying: “There hadn’t been any discussions when I made my decision. So I thought before there were months of speculation over who was going to be back, I’d say I didn’t want to and get it out of the way. Once I decided, I decided and that was it”.

As well as Grimshaw leaving, 2015 presenters Olly Murs and Caroline Flack have also stepped down from the ITV talent show.

Ant and Dec haved ruled out hosting X Factor again as Dermot O’Leary is tipped to return.