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Dermot O’Leary to return and rescue X-Factor, reckons The Sun

By | Published on Thursday 25 February 2016

Dermot O'Leary

With everyone abandoning the sinking ship that is ‘The X-Factor’, ITV and Syco need a strong swimmer on board, and who swims stronger than one time captain Dermot O’Leary? Lots of people probably. But, says The Sun, it’s O’Leary that ‘X’ bosses reckon could return the telly talent tosh fest to its former glory.

Of course, O’Leary only recently insisted he’d never go back to the ITV franchise, while telling the Radio Times that the show probably needed to take a year off. But The Sun reckons that ‘X’ boss Simon Cowell wants him back now, and has told the presenter to “name his price”, with the hope the host may be lured back to a three series deal.

The tabloid quotes one of those insiders as saying: “Dermot will come back to ‘The X-Factor’. Talks are under way on his deal but everything is positive. Everyone, including Dermot and Simon, has the will to make it work”.

And the will to backtrack on past remarks on O’Leary’s part, presumably. As long as they pay him enough to buy the biggest water wings in history, all will be fine.