Dermot O'Leary insists it wasn't money that got him back on X Factor

The X Factor - Dermot O'Leary

X Factor host Dermot O'Leary has inisted he rdidn't return to the show for money.

The telly presenter is back this year after missing 2015's run but says a rumoured 4-year-deal worth a cool £8 million wasn't a factor in saying yes.

"I’ve been like that since I was a runner on nine and a half grand a year. I’ve never taken a job purely for the money," Dermot said.

In an interview with The Sun newspaper, Dermot explaiend: “With The X Factor it was, ‘What would make you come back? What would you like to do with the show? I didn’t worry about money.”

Dermot says he and Simon spent hours chatting after meeting up earlier this year in America.

“It was a lot less awkward than I thought it was going to be," he said.

“Simon and I spoke about where we thought the show had lost its way and how to bring the heart and soul back," Dermot went on. "That was key for me. The X Factor is all about great British characters.

“You want some really brilliant showmen and women who divide opinions.

“I love it when the judging panel is nuts and I have no idea what they are going to say. They haven’t ­practised it — nothing is artificial, nothing is fake.”

Dermot says he's also happy with the decision to return to the room auditions and although he reckons the six chair challenge is "brutal", admits it does make for good telly.


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