X Factor presenter Dermot O'Leary's new food show has been axed by ITV

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Dermot O'Leary may have won his job back on The X Factor 2016 - but ITV has chosen to abandon his new food chat show.

Dermot teamed up with This Morning chef Gino D'Acampo for 'Friday Night at the Trattoria', a show described as a cross between TFI Friday and cookery.

Set in an Italian restaurant, it would have seen Dermot chat to celebrity guests and introduce music performances while Gino demonstrated his latest recipes.

A pilot episode was filmed in February, when the X Factor hosting gig was still up in the air.

However, last month it was confirmed that he will return to The X Factor after a year off - and he was back at work filming a trailer just hours after the announcement.

According to the Daily Star, ITV bosses have decided not to proceed with Trattoria as a result, believing Dermot wouldn't be able to give it his all due to the Simon Cowell talent show.

"Pilot shows get filmed all the time and some never get commissioned," a source commented.

Dermot's last attempt at hosting an ITV entertainment format during his X Factor reign ended in disaster, with The Marriage Ref getting canned after one series in 2011 thanks to poor ratings and a drubbing from critics.

He is the host of new BBC One gameshow The Getaway Car, which is currently on hiatus midway though its first run - although that was filmed last year.

It was recently reported that Dermot's X Factor comeback will net him a pay packet of £1.5million.

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