ITV confirmed Thursday (July 29) that there are no plans to bring back its long-running talent format The X Factor after 15 seasons.
An ITV spokesperson told Realscreen: “There are no current plans for the next series of The X Factor at this stage.”
The news, first reported by The Sun, comes a month after ITV announced the musical game show series Walk the Line, to be co-produced and co-developed by Simon Cowell’s (pictured) Syco Entertainment and Lifted Entertainment.
Created by Cowell and produced by Syco Entertainment and Fremantle, The X Factor first premiered in 2004 and airs in more than 130 territories.
The format last aired in December 2018. At the 2020 Edinburgh TV Festival in August, Kevin Lygo, ITV’s director of television, gave an update on the series, which Cowell had put on pause for 2020 following a celebrity special edition that aired in 2019.
“It’s not definitely returning, it might return. The format will tweak,” Lygo said. “But I’m sure X Factor will be back at some stage and it’s really [about] when is the right moment. Simon controls it — when does he want it to come back? How does he want it to come back? And hopefully we can be part of it.”