Hunky X Factor host Dermot O'Leary has confessed that it's hard working with Simon Cowell, admitting he spent the first year on the show just trying his best not to get fired! Speaking to the Mail on Sunday yesterday, Dermot said that the music mogul was a "frustrating" boss to work for.
Recalling joining the show back in 2007, having replaced Kate Thornton after a very public firing, Dermot told the newspaper: "I spent the first year thinking, 'Just don’t lose your job.'
"Then three weeks in, they moved Brian Friedman off the judging panel, brought Louis back and I was like, “Jeez. Guys are getting sacked.' So I just did whatever Simon told me to do.
"Then when I’d been doing it for a year he said, 'You’ve got to go for it more. Don’t hold back. You won’t get sacked.' I said, 'Are you sure? So I’d give him a hard time. That’s what he liked. That’s why I feel more comfortable in the role now."
Asked what it was like to work with the Syco boss, Dermot explained: "He’s brilliant. He’s frustrating. He’s incredibly loyal. He’s distant. He’s all those things. He has been a mentor to me and I still want to please him. He’s the boss. I can have an honest conversation with him but I don’t feel I’m in the circle.
"At the end of the day, I am an employee of his. I totally respect the fact that he has to keep his distance. And yet I know he trusts me to do a good job on the show."
But despite describing Simon was "brilliant", the former Big Brother's Little Brother host also said the lack of job security was frustrating.
He explained: "You won’t hear from him for months and then you will get a call at two in the morning, saying, “Darling, tonight’s show was fantastic. Just a couple of things. Lose the sweatshirt…' I’m thinking, 'I’m 38, I don’t want to be told what to wear. You’re not my dad.'"
The X Factor continues on Saturdays on ITV1.
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