Louis Walsh “LOVING” X Factor ratings crisis says Dermot O’Leary as he admits he doesn’t watch show anymore

Louis Walsh LOVING X Factor ratings crisis says Dermot O’Leary

Louis Walsh is apparently quite glad the X Factor is suffering in the ratings without him.

The former judge – who was axed from the panel last year and replaced with DJ Nick Grimshaw – told Dermot O’Leary that he thinks viewers are missing him and the former host.

O’Leary was also replaced on the show as part of a wider shake-up in a bid by show bosses to reverse the ratings losses of recent years and put X Factor back on top of rival Strictly Come Dancing.

“I haven’t seen Louis for ages but I got a text from him last week saying, ‘They are missing us, Dermot – have you seen the ratings?’ He was loving that,” Dermot told The Sun.

The show had a slight revival in the ratings last week with them rising slightly with the absence of Strictly on BBC One, but the episode was still down by around a million

Dermot also revealed that he doesn’t watch the X Factor now that he has his weekends free after years of having to work them.

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The old X Factor line-up tempted more viewers to watch

He added: “I don’t watch it religiously now because I was on it for so long and I have got my weekends back.”

However, despite Louis’ subtle swipe at the show’s slump in ratings, the former judge recently revealed he’s been watching the new series and is feeling a bit nostalgic.

He confessed: “I do miss it a little bit actually. I actually do. I was watching it and I kind of missed being on it.”

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