Sharon Osbourne set to return to X Factor after signing reported £2m deal
X Factor judge Sharon Osbourne is set to return to the show for another series in 2017.
At the end of last year, Mrs O hinted that she may be forced to quit the ITV programme due to other commitments back in America: “I would love to come back but I’m in a difficult position.
“I’m signed to CBS and I’ve been with them for seven years with amazing women on The Talk and it’s up to Simon to see if they’ll let me do it.
“My whole life is travel so if I hadn’t been here I would’ve been in South America with Ozzy so the travelling doesn’t bother me it’s that I had to keep going back each week for the show.”
However, the Daily Mirror has now reported that Sharon will stay on the X Factor after agreeing to a £2 million deal.
A source revealed: “Sharon looks like she is returning to the X Factor, and has been telling people that it is a done deal.
“She will film the auditions in the summer, and then jet to and from London for the live shows.”
The insider also explained: “While that has gone on, her deal at The Talk for the next year is not finalized. She has to re-sign for another year for a another season in the next few weeks. The fact that she is negotiating the X Factor deal before this could complicate matters.”
Meanwhile, it was recently confirmed that host Dermot O’Leary will be making a comeback to present the series this year.
Speaking to The Sun newspaper, he explained: “I’ve signed for a few years. I really enjoyed it this year. It was a lovely, warm, fun year.”
He went on to defend the X Factor‘s ratings, arguing the decline had come from a shift in the way people are watching television now: “It’s because people watch TV in a very different way.
“The Sunday show still rates pretty well, until they put Planet Earth on and it was like Noooooo! Not Attenborough!
“It was brilliant though. I recorded it. I was on air at the time.”
X Factor will return later this year on ITV.