Rylan Clark-Neal speaks out over the Xtra Factor's axe

Rylan Clark-Neal and Matt Edmondson.

Rylan Clark-Neal has spoken out following ITV's decision to axe the Xtra Factor.

The spin-off to the main X Factor series won't return in 2017 having accompanied the singing competition on ITV2 since 2004.

During that time the show has seen many hosts including Ben Shephard, Holly Willoughby, Olly Murs, Caroline Flack and Matt Richardson.

And who can forget that year Konnie Huq was in charge.

The latest series was fronted by Rylan and Matt Edmondson together with Roman Kemp, who had taken over from Melvin Odoom and Rochelle Humes.

Speaking to the Daily Mirror about the show's demise, Rylan said he was "Relieved."

"Not in a horrible way," he explained, "I love X Factor, I was born out of it, but I looked at it as a one-year thing… Maybe I’d have done it again, but then it was axed and I’m alright with that.

"It was the right time… It wasn’t like we ran it into the ground, we did a good series. It went out on a high."

According to The Sun newspaper, the decision to axe the Xtra Factor was made in a bid to focus on more online content.

A source said: "It’s nothing to do with Rylan and Matt. They did a great job and if the show was continuing on TV they would definitely be returning.

"It’s just about the nature of how people consume TV now."

A spokesperson for ITV confirmed previously: "The X Factor is our biggest ITV entertainment show in terms of online engagement.

“We have taken the decision to move away from a linear switchover show and instead focus our efforts on our digital platforms, in support of the main show.”

The X Factor 2017 will air on ITV later this year.

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