Comedian Michael McIntyre has reportedly quit as a judge on Britain's Got Talent, after just one series on the show. The stand up apparently told ITV1 yesterday he would not be returning to the panel so he could instead focus on his comic career.
It's going to be bad news for show bosses, with David Hasselhoff reportedly sacked and Amanda Holden set to be ruled out for at least the auditions due to her pregnancy.
A source told The Sun today: "Michael has been weighing it up for a while as he does like the show and enjoyed being on the panel.
"But his first love is comedy and he wanted to embark on a tour and concentrate on that."
Another source told The Mirror: “Michael enjoyed doing the show but his first love is stand-up comedy and that is what he is going to concentrate on in 2012. He is going to go on a huge 100-date tour and so was waiting to hear from ITV about what dates he needed to keep clear to do BGT.
“They messed him around and didn’t come back to him so he decided to quit. He couldn’t wait for ever and he also knows he can earn more from his comedy.
“He wasn’t going to sit around and find out if they wanted him again for weeks on end. He doesn’t need the job.”
Michael commented: "I absolutely loved being a judge but have been itching to get back on stage myself.
"I wish the show and production team every success."
It said in a statement, ITV confirmed: “Michael was a fantastic new addition to the Britain’s Got Talent judging panel. We wish him all the very best with his tour and look forward to working with him again.”