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Xtra Factor newcomer Matt Richardson has revealed his on-air relationship with Caroline Flack will be very different to that of previous co-host Olly Murs.

The 22-year-old has taken over from Olly on the ITV2 spin-off show which returns on Saturday night as the new series of The X Factor kicks off on ITV.

However he said that the flirty banter his predecessor shared with Caroline would be absent this time around.

“I think a conscious decision to take me on is there’s none of that between Caroline and I so it doesn’t feel like I’m moving in on Olly’s girl,” Matt explained.

“It’s never going to happen. We’re more like a brother and sister than an ‘ooh do they fancy each other’?”

He added: “I get on very well with her, she’s very quickly become one of my very close friends.

“We hang out all the time when we’re not filming. She’s met my family, and things like that! We clicked straight away which is really nice and really useful when we have to spend so much time together filming.”

Matt also revealed that taking over from Olly wasn’t the easiest thing in the world, largely due to the Twitter backlash he received from the singer’s fans.

“The first day I got it there were lots of horrible tweets with people going, ‘We don’t want you, we want Olly!’

“It’s not my fault, he left,” he pointed out. “I didn’t take his job off him, he had better things to do like being an international pop star, which I can’t do. So he’s got to go and do that and I get to do this now.”

However he did admit he was grateful to Olly for his show of support on the social networking site.

“He was very nice when I first got the job on Twitter, going, ‘Everyone be nice to him he’s going to be really good.’ Which I really appreciated because there was a lot of people upset because Olly wasn’t doing it any more,” Matt recalled.