TV fans couldn’t contain their joy when it was reported Wednesday night that Simon Cowell had pulled the plug on The X Factor.
Insiders revealed that the music mogul, 61, has accepted the UK version of the show “has gotten a little stale,” so he’s reportedly decided to “suspend” the program for five years, but sources say it’s now “unlikely.” is to ever yield.
In the wake of the news, Twitter was flooded with comments from those who claimed the format was tired and also shocking that the axing was just now happening.
Social media users wrote: ‘Good morning XFactor. You will certainly never be missed… Cowell finally read the room! The #XFactor show was one I hated more than any other… I’m surprised X Factor lasted so long.”
Done: TV fans couldn’t contain their joy when it was reported Wednesday night that Simon Cowell had pulled the plug on The X Factor (pictured in 2005 with judges Sharon Osbourne and Louis Walsh)
On Wednesday, the news of the axing of The X Factor emerged with a show insider telling The sun: ‘It is still a phenomenon worldwide and it generates millions every year. But in the UK it has undoubtedly gotten a bit old.
“Simon stays at the top of his game and manages to score a goal. He owns the rights to the show, and it’s his decision – not ITV’s – whether to drop it or not.
“Obviously the last thing he wants is for X Factor to whine and become a bit of a joke, especially in contrast to the show in its splendor.”
Social media users flocked to the microblogging site to express their feelings about the reported ax – with a surprising amount of joy.
From! In the wake of the news, Twitter was inundated with comments from those who claimed the format was tired and also shocking that the axing was only happening now
They wrote, “Hooray, no more X Factor hiding endless hours of weekend TV. Now scrape the rest of the garbage that follows and put some decent stuff in its place!…
“Absolutely upset that X Factor has been abolished after 17 years when I haven’t seen it in 16 years!…
A little unsurprisingly re:X Factor actually, it was a tired format and contrary to something in the ITV schedule as aggressively contemporary as The Masked Singer/Dancer it didn’t stand a chance…
“I like being shocked and X Factor lost the ability to do that a long time ago… It’s time to shut down #XFactor. 17 years is a very long time for a talent show…
‘Good day XFactor. You will certainly never be missed… Cowell finally read the room! The #XFactor show was one I hated more than any other. It was a triggerathon. I hope everyone who auditioned tells all…
Businessman: While the format is still successful around the world, it seems the music mogul has accepted that it has ‘gone a bit stale’ in the UK (Pictured in 2019)
X Factor 2004-2018: Series Rating Overview
2004: 7.4 million viewers
2005: 8.73 million viewers
2006: 8.27 million viewers
2007: 8.57 million viewers
2008: 10.51 million viewers
2009: 13 million viewers
2010: 14.3 million viewers
2011: 12.41 million viewers
2012: 10 million viewers
2013: 9.45 million viewers
2014: 8.65 million viewers
2015: 7.85 million viewers
2016: 7.71 million viewers
2017: 6.52 million viewers
2018: 6.19 million viewers
“I saw the production staff credits on the first series and knew firsthand that cruelty was coming. It’s a TikTok world boo… Well, I’m surprised X Factor lasted this long, but it should have been finished years ago!!’
The source explained that Simon has the option to return the talent show in 2023, with auditions scheduled to take place next summer, but the entrepreneur would be focusing on his new game show Walk The Line.
MailOnline has reached out to Fremantle for comment. An ITV spokesperson told MailOnline: ‘There are currently no plans for the next series of The X Factor at this stage.’
In March, Dermot O’Leary, 47, told New! X Factor magazine: ‘I don’t see it coming back this year. If it comes back, it will be 2022 – maybe 2023.”
The presenter admitted he misses filming the show, which launched in 2004, adding, “You’re definitely missing it. You work with people for the better part of 10 years and you become a very close team.
And you miss the hustle and bustle of a Saturday night show. There’s something wonderful about it.’
The father-of-one has hosted the show since 2007, taking over from former host Kate Thornton, who was at the helm from 2004-2006.
Dermot has hosted every series since then, except for 2015, where he was replaced by former contestant Olly Murs and the late Love Island presenter Caroline Flack.
The last traditional X Factor series aired in 2018, with judges Simon, Louis Tomlinson, Robbie Williams and his wife Ayda Field on the judges.
Experts: The last traditional X Factor series aired in 2018, with judges Simon, Louis Tomlinson, Robbie Williams and his wife Ayda Field on the judges (pictured in 2018)