Louis Walsh admits he only quit X Factor because Simon ‘paid him off’

Louis Walsh says he only left X Factor in 2012 because he was handed a massive pay out by Simon Cowell and is glad to be back in the fold.

The music manager, who was part of the official judging line-up when the show debuted in 2004, admitted to Daily Star Online his decision to walk away was simply due to him being 'paid off' rather than an epic row behind the scenes.

Chatting at the 2019 Specsavers Spectacle Wearer of the Year Awards ahead of the new series of Celebrity X Factor this weekend, Louis, 67, said: "I wasn't kicked off.

"In fact, I was paid off if you really want to know the truth.

"I'm back, listen, you would take it if you were offered it… it was a lot."

Insisting there is no bad blood with him and Simon over his untimely departure, Louis added: "Never, ever, ever.

"I was there for so long – it's fun.
"The new celebrity show is amazing and we have some amazing people on it.

"Megan McKenna is amazing and even Martin Bashir… he will surprise you."

Hitting out at Westlife for recently saying they believed Louis' X Factor axe was part of 'a script', Cheryl’s frenemy snapped: "They don't know what they are talking about."

On Saturday Louis will return to the small screen when X Factor Celebrity finally kicks off.

In a bit to breathe new life into the show, Simon has shaken things up by splashing out of 15 celebrity acts to battle it out for a recording contract.

This weekend the first of two judges houses episodes will air on ITV as the famous faces sing to impress Simon, Louis and Nicole Scherzinger.

Last month Daily Star Online revealed the full celebrity line-up which includes, US chat show host Riki Lake and a Love Island supergroup.

The islanders band, who were put together by X Factor bosses, consists of Zara McDermott, Samira Mighty, Wes Nelson and Eyal Booker.

The X Factor Celebrity kicks off on ITV Saturday 8.35pm

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