It seems that Louis Walsh REALLY has been axed from The x Factor.
It was reported at the weekend that Simon Cowell had spoken to Louis to tell him he would be 'stood down' from the show.
Sources said that Louis was '95% certain' to be leaving the series, with only the lack of a suitable replacement making a comeback for him possible.
"Viewers had become sick of Louis’s constant use of tired clichés and the same old jokes,” an insider told The Sun on Sunday. “He’d been doing it for 11 years and it seemed like he was just going through the motions.”
Last night Simon took to Twitter to not so cryptically tweet about the reports.
He said: "Louis Walsh is one of the good guys. We will always be friends.
"The door remains open and who knows what's next......."
Rumoured replacements for Louis include One Direction's Louis Tomlinson and Radio 1 DJ Nick Grimshaw.
However despite Simon seemingly confirming Louis' exit from The X Factor, a spokesperson for the show insisted: "No formal decisions have been made regarding the full panel for this year's series."
The first round of auditions for the new series are currently underway with hosts Caroline Flack and Olly Murs filming in Manchester yesterday.
The judges auditions are scheduled to film in July with the show back on ITV in the autumn.