The long time judge has said he’d have to really think about returning to the ITV talent show for a 12th season.
Louis Walsh’s time as an ‘X-Factor’ judge could be up, as the music manager has said he’s “done with the show”, after 11 seasons. The 62 year old made the comments during an appearance on the Seven O’Clock Show on Thursday, when he was asked about his future as a judge on the ITV talent show.
Louis Walsh has served as a judge on the ‘X-Factor’ for 11 years.
“I’m done with X Factor, honestly,” he told the hosts. "I’ve done 11 seasons - I don't think I'll be going back. That’s a long time in television. I think they’re going to change the show and get new faces.”
Speaking about the show’s upcoming 12 season Walsh revealed, "I think they are going to change the show. I think they are going to get new faces.”
“I know Dermot [O'Leary] is gone - and I don't know who else will be back. Simon will probably be back because it's his show. Cheryl [Cole]... I'm not sure. I don't know who else will be back,” he added.
When asked if he would considering returning to the show if Simon Cowell asked him back Walsh said, I'd have to really think about it.”
“My day job is as a manager. I’ve kind of neglected that and I want to get back to being a manager. I’m working with Shane Filan - he’s got a new record coming out, and I’m working with Hometown."
“I’d like to get back to where I started off… I never even wanted to be on TV, ever, it just happened,” the judge continued.
If Walsh does leave the series he’ll be the second long serving member of the ‘X-Factor’ team to step down before the 12th series begins. Host Dermot O’Leary announced he was leaving the show last month after eight years.
Announcing his departure from the series O’Leary said via Twitter “I'd like to thank ITV, Simon, The X Factor family and particularly the viewers, all of whom have been a big part of my life for so long.”
"I'd like to wish the team all the best for the future, especially whoever takes over from me,” O'Leary continued. “You’re about to be the conductor on the most brilliant, runaway train in showbiz. Good luck you'll love it!"