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Presenter Huq to leave Xtra Factor

Presenter Konnie Huq is leaving The X Factor's spin-off show.

The former Blue Peter host joined ITV2's Xtra Factor last year, replacing Holly Willoughby but critics were occasionally unimpressed with her performances.

There had been speculation that the 35-year-old - married to writer and presenter Charlie Brooker - would be dropped from the show. However her manager said filming dates clashed with a commitment she had in the US.

A spokeswoman for production company TalkbackThames said: "We thank Konnie for her contribution to the Xtra Factor and wish her all the very best for the future."

It is understood programme bosses are "refreshing" the series as a whole.

Huq will be working on a TV show on Discovery for America and Asia. The dates clashed with Xtra Factor.

Huq said: "I loved doing Xtra Factor. It was so exciting. But I also cannot wait to start filming my new show for Discovery in China."

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