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09th Jun 2015

Dermot O’Leary Reveals The Real Reason He Quit The X Factor

"I still have the X Factor in my blood."

Dermot O’Leary broke a lot of hearts when he announced that he wouldn’t be returning to The X Factor earlier this year.

Now the presenter has opened up about his decision to leave the hit ITV talent show while playing down speculation that he is headed for the Strictly Come Dancing ballroom.

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 27:  Dermot O'Leary attends the press launch for the new series of "The X Factor" at Ham Yard Hotel on August 27, 2014 in London, England.  (Photo by Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images)
Dermot O’Leary has denied he will present Strictly. 

The 42-year-old allegedly told Heat magazine: “A lot of my friends quit the X Factor, which is one of the reasons why I left.”

However, he did say that his loyalty to the ITV talent show is one of the reasons he would never do Strictly. 

He explained: “I still have the X Factor in my blood – I love the show, so I’d never be a competitor on Strictly.”

BOREHAMWOOD, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 02:  Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman attend the red carpet launch for Strictly Come Dancing 2014 at Elstree Studios on September 2, 2014 in Borehamwood, England.  (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman host Strictly.

According to the magazine, Dermot hinted at some opportunities in US, after it emerged last month that he was looking for a US agent.