After hosting the show for four years, O'Leary thinks this is his big chance to make it in America and has told his friends that if he's not given the hosting gig in the US, he will interpret that as a sign that his time on the series is done, and will look at other opportunities.
Meanwhile, Simon Cowell hinted on the show's finale that he also plans on leaving the show to concentrate on the US version.
When asked about the future of X Factor in 2011, Simon responded:
"Something's going to happen in the next three or four months that's going to alter my decision next year.
I have actually enjoyed doing this series more than any other because it's been controversial, and that stops it being boring. As soon as you get bored, the audience get bored and there's no show. Simple as that."
An insider confirmed his departure, saying, "Simon is not coming back next year. Dannii Minogue and Louis Walsh will return, so the viewers will have a sense of continuity, but Simon’s not going to be on the show."
We're happy to have Simon back in the US, but if we were the host of UK's X Factor, we would NOT quit our cushy job! It's silly for him leave the show! Especially since it seems likely that the American version will most likely want to have an American host with a household name.
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