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Host Of UK X Factor Threatens To Quit, Simon Hints At Leaving Too!

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The host of The UK's X Factor, Dermot O'Leary, is quitting the show, hoping he can land the same gig on the US version of the show.

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.

Thoughts??

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The X Factor Facing Fines For Promoting Guest Acts' Music!

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Is this seriously an issue? We don't understand what the big deal is!

The X Factor could be in some trouble because they recently encouraged viewers to download songs by guest-performers Diana Vickers and Michael Buble!

During their October performances, presenter Dermot O'Leary told viewers on air that if they wanted to buy either acts' singles, they could go to the X Factor website for more details.

This apparently breaks broadcasting rules involving promotion of commercial products, and the series could now be facing a fine!

A spokesperson for TV watchdog Ofcom explains:

"We are investigating The X Factor for potential breaches of our rules prohibiting the promotion of products in programmes."

A producer of the show Talkback Thames responded with:

"We are aware of the Ofcom investigation. It relates to two on-air references on The X Factor regarding downloads of a guest artist on the show which were not available on the website. These references were as a result of a script error."

This is seriously so silly!

What's wrong with helping your guest performers and letting viewers know that their music is available?

Nobody's being forced to purchase it! And worse, nobody even complained about it!

So strange!

What do U think?? Should X Factor be fined??

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