X Factor exclusive: Louis Walsh is quitting!

Louis Walsh has revealed that he is leaving The X Factor at the end of this year’s series.

The Irish judge – who mentored acts including series two winner Shayne Ward, boy band JLS and Jedward – made the shock announcement in an exclusive interview with TV Times magazine.

“I’m happy this is going to be my last year,” said Louis. “I’ve been judging X Factor for 10 years so I’ve done it all.”

Louis, who managed Westlife and Boyzone, added that he wanted to return to the day job.

“I’m going to be managing Shane Filan from Westlife and I’m putting together a new boy band.”

Sharon Osbourne also recently announced she’ll be leaving the long-running ITV hit series after her one-off return this year.

A spokesperson for The X Factor said: “It’s too early for us to be thinking about the 2014 judging line up.”

Read the full story in this week’s TV Times out today.