Take That star Robbie Williams 'declines £2 million X Factor deal'

Robbie Williams

Take That star Robbie Williams has reportedly turned down a £2 million deal to replace Simon Cowell on The X Factor this year. According to Star magazine, Robbie declined to take up the huge offer - instead wanting even more from the producers in order to get him onto the show.

A source told the weekly glossy magazine: "With Simon leaving to judge the US show, he's convinced Robbie would be the perfect successor. Rob's likeable, opinionated and funny. But money has been a stumbling block. He wants more of an incentive to put himself out there on live TV every week."

Robbie is also said to be concerned about how the show would affect is marriage to actress Ayda Field, after the pair tied the knot after three years together last summer. The source explained: "Ayda loves the limelight, and there are rumours she's in talks for the next series of The Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills. But Rob prefers the idea of a quiet life.

"If he had his way, he'd move to a desert island and live like a recluse. He also wants a baby in the near future, and that's going to be tricky enough to fit in with the upcoming Take That tour as it is."

Other names in the spotlight to join The X Factor panel this year include Lilly Allen and Nicole Scherzinger.

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