The ITV statement followed The Sun’s report which said creator Simon Cowell has axed the programme and will be rested for “at least five years”. There hasn’t been a series in three years, with the show last airing in 2018 when Dalton Harris won the singing competition.
Former contestants were among those reacting to the news.
Irish duo Jedward, who participated on the show in its sixth series in 2009, are outspoken critics of the X Factor and shared their delight at the news.
Former contestant Katie Waissel also shared a Daily Mail article about it on her Instagram stories, with the hashtags #journeyforjustice #breakthecycle #news #gratitude.
A screenshot from Katie Waissel’s Instagram appearing to be glad about the show being axedInstagram/katiewaisselofficial/
Waissel has also been a critic of the show after she participated in the seventh series in 2010. Earlier this year, she claimed that somebody on the X Factor team sexually assaulted her.
At the time, a spokesperson for Syco Entertainment said: “Despite a number of requests to Katie asking her to detail the claims to us, she chose not to make a complaint over his behaviour. As a result, and without other evidence to the contrary, we were obliged to accept his denial of the claims.”
But Jack Remmington, who was in the show in 2017 as part of a duo with fellow singer Joel, shared his sadness at the news:
So sad The X Factor has officially ended. Had such a wonderful & supportive journey on that show. My favourite mome… https://t.co/YALUIh5Pj1