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DJ ditches X Factor after one year

Nick Grimshaw will not return as a judge on The X Factor this year, according to reports.

A spokesman for Grimshaw, who spent just one season as a judge on the popular show, told The Sun that the Radio One presenter made the decision to leave and had not been sacked.

“After careful consideration, Nick’s decided to rule himself out as a judge on this year’s X Factor,” said the spokesman.

“He loved working on last year’s series alongside Rita, Cheryl and Simon but it was very much a once-in-a-lifetime experience. He remains a massive fan of the show and is looking forward to watching it this year.”

Mr Grimshaw attended the now defunct Our Lady’s R.C High School in Royton, Oldham. The school closed in 2011 as it merged with St Augustine of Canterbury R.C High School to form the joint Roman Catholic school, Blessed John Henry Newman R.C College.

The news of Mr Grimshaw’s departure was followed by reports that the show’s presenters, Olly Murs and Caroline Flack, had also quit their jobs on The X Factor.

The ITV talent programme is said to be undergoing a shake-up of its judging and presenting talent under the supervision of boss Simon Cowell after it suffered a ratings slump in 2015.