The Voice UK judge ‘shocked and gutted’ after being AXED from show after six years as they lose their second primetime gig at ITV
He first found fame on singing competition the X Factor before going on to sell millions of records and come full circle landing a spot as a judge on The Voice UK.
But now Olly Murs has revealed he has been dropped from the ITV show after six years on the star-studded panel – after also seeing his series Starstruck axed by the broadcaster after two series.
The singer, 39, admitted he was left ‘gutted and shocked’ by the decision and vowed not to ‘bulls***’ fans by saying the decision was his.
He told The Sun: ‘I’m gutted. I got the call last week to say I won’t be back on the show, and it’s a bit of a shock, to be honest. I didn’t really expect that to come.’
‘I don’t want to bulls**t my fans or bulls**t people who watch the show, and say, “Oh, it was an amicable decision to leave — I’ve got lots of things on next year, I can’t do it any more”.
Shock: Olly Murs, 39, has revealed he has been dropped from the Voice UK judging panel after six years
Exit: The singer admitted he was left ‘gutted and shocked’ by the decision and vowed not to ‘bulls***’ fans by saying the decision was his
Before adding:’Did I want to leave? No. Will I still watch the show? Of course, but it’ll be sore thinking that could have been me’.
During his stint on the show, Olly has won the competition twice after successfully mentoring his chosen artists.
Since joining in 2017 he has appeared on the panel alongside Will.I.Am, Sir Tom Jones, Jennifer Hudson, Meghan Trainor and Anne-Marie.
ITV said in a statement: ‘The Voice UK returns to ITV1 and ITVX for a brand new series later this year featuring coaches, Sir Tom Jones, Anne-Marie and Olly Murs. Details of the 2024 series will be confirmed in due course’.
It comes after it was revealed Olly was announced as Take That’s special guest Olly on their upcoming stadium tour, which kicks off in Sheffield in April.
Just hours after revealing their brand new album, This Life, as well as new single Windows, the three-piece thrilled fans on Friday as they announced plans to head on the road to showcase their latest music, in addition to their much loved Take That classics.
Taking to social media, Gary Barlow, Mark Owen and Howard Donald shared details of the epic 29-date date tour, remarking: ‘It’s been such a pleasure making this album and we can’t wait to perform some songs live.’
Olly previously revealed the real reason his primetime ITV show Starstruck has been axed after just two series.
Cheeky chap: He said: ‘I’m gutted. I got the call last week to say I won’t be back on the show, and it’s a bit of a shock, to be honest. I didn’t really expect that to come
Cast: Since joining in 2017 he has appeared on the panel alongside (L-R) Will.I.Am, Meghan Trainor and Sir Tom Jones
Gutted again! Olly previously revealed the real reason his primetime ITV show Starstruck has been axed after just two series
The singer had hosted the Saturday night entertainment series, which was a reboot of classic programme Stars In Their Eyes, for both of its series.
It was revealed in June that plans for the show to return for another series in 2024 had been cancelled, and Olly has now lifted the lid on the reason behind the axing.
Olly told how although Starstruck had good ratings, it didn’t work ‘in terms of money’ as he confessed he was ‘gutted’ that the show will not return to air.
The reboot of Stars In Their Eyes saw contestants impersonate famous singers in front of judges including Adam Lambert, Shania Twain, Beverley Knight and Jason Manford.
A source told the Daily Star Sunday newspaper: ‘There were plans to film a new series this autumn and air it in 2024, but they have now been scrapped.
‘The top bosses want to try a different show and see how it goes.
‘Starstruck was popular, but it wasn’t as big as shows like Britain’s Got Talent and The Masked Singer, so it was always at risk of being sidelined for something else.
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