Louis Walsh has seemingly confirmed his X Factor exit but insisted he wasn’t sacked.
It was reported last week that Louis was set to leave the show after 11 years and while there has yet to be an official announcement, Simon Cowell tweeted this week: “Louis Walsh is one of the good guys. We will always be friends.
“The door remains open and who knows what’s next…….”
Louis himself has since spoken out and claimed he was not axed but rather was simply ‘not hired’.
He explained: "The truth is I've done it for 11 years, I never thought I would even be on TV for four or five. To get 10 was great, to get 11 was amazing, I'm not hanging around for them this year.
"I haven't been sacked, I can honestly tell you that, but I'm not hanging around for them this year because I want to go back to being a manager. I'm basically going back to my roots, which is the reason I got into this business - music. I love music.
"But I wasn't sacked, I haven't been hired and I'm not hanging around."
Chatting to the Press Association, Louis went on to unofficially confirm that Simon Cowell and Cheryl would definitely be back, and backed Robbie Williams to join them.
He said: "If I was to pick the perfect person it would be Robbie Williams, or maybe even Niall (Horan) from One Direction, put somebody else Irish in there.
"I heard Nick Grimshaw is there. That's not a bad idea at all. He's young, he's big on the radio, he knows about pop music, he knows what young people like. I think he's a good idea, I think he's a bit different."
Louis added: "There has to be chemistry with the four people there. X Factor needs to get four great people this year.
"I know Simon (Cowell) is in that chair, I know Cheryl (Fernandez-Versini) is in that chair. I don't know who is in the other two chairs, but I'm not hanging round."
The X Factor will air on ITV this autumn.