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Sharon Osbourne reveals plans to quit The X Factor

Sharon Osbourne X Factor

Sharon Osbourne has announced plans to retire from showbiz, including her role on The X Factor.

Sharon was originally a judge on the ITV series from its launch in 2004 until 2007.

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She then returned in 2013 for a year before rejoining again in 2016, returning for another series this year alongside Simon Cowell, Louis Walsh and Nicole Scherzinger.

However we'll soon be saying goodbye again to Sharon who has revealed she has decided to "say goodbye" to the industry within the next few years.

“I just think that it would be enough, I want to keep my ­dignity. I’ve been working since I was 15 in this industry and I think that’s enough," Sharon said. “It’s very difficult if you’re at a gig and you’re the oldest person in the room.

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“I think when you get to a certain age it can be somewhat embarrassing."

Speaking to The Sun newspaper, Sharon said no amount of money from X Factor boss Simon Cowell would change her mind.

“I don’t want to be one of those people standing at the side in a mini skirt pretending you love it. No — not for me. I want to go out with dignity," she said. “I will spend time with my family, my grandkids and my hubby.”

The new series of The X Factor with Sharon behind the judges' desk launches next month.

Alongside the judges, host Dermot O'Leary will be back on hand to guide viewers and contestants alike through their X Factor journey, providing them with a word of advice or a much needed hug as the contestants perform in front of the judging panel.

The X Factor 2017 begins on Saturday, September 2.