Olly Murs quit Xtra Factor to get his life back

Olly Murs has stood down from hosting 'The Xtra Factor' after two years because he needs to get his work-life balance right

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This article is from 2013.

Olly Murs

Olly Murs

Olly Murs quit 'The Xtra Factor' because he needs to get his work-life balance right.

The star juggled fronting 'The X Factor' spin-off show with his career as a pop musician in 2011 and 2012, but has ruled himself out of returning to the show this year as he is too busy with his other commitments.

He told The Sun newspaper: "It's going to be a shame not to do 'The Xtra Factor' again. I'm gutted because it's been a huge part of my life for the last two years.

"I'll always be working because I love working but it's about getting the balance right.

"I remember watching 'The Big Reunion' recently and one of the popstars was saying that you do sometimes feel more of a product than a human being.

"I don't get four weeks holiday a year - I only get one week or two weeks sometimes - and I don't get weekends off like everyone else. I have missed that.

"Fundamentally, you need time off to refresh your memory and brain. I love it, but it is a lot of pressure."

The 28-year-old star wishes whoever takes on the role next to co-presenter Caroline Flack all the best, but also hasn't ruled out a return in the future.

He added: "I think whoever Caroline decides to pick, whoever the bosses decide to pick to replace me is going to be great. I don't know if she would do it on her own.

"And we'll see what happens in the future. I mean, you never know."

This article is from 2013.

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