Rylan Clark-Neal leads mourners as The Xtra Factor moves online
The Xtra Factor is moving online only after being aired on ITV2 since 2004.
Rylan Clark-Neal has proposed a wake where all former The Xtra Factor hosts can come together and mourn the end of the programme.
The spin-off show of ITV's The X Factor had been aired on ITV2 since 2004, but suffered from declining ratings. It was hoped that the introduction of Rylan and Matt Edmonson as hosts would give the show a boost, but bosses have now made the decision to move the show entirely online.
ITV explained the decision in a statement, in which they stated they are "focusing efforts on digital platforms" and moving away "from a linear switchover show".
Both Matt and Rylan took to their Twitter pages to share their thoughts at the end of the show, with former X Factor contestant Rylan writing: "After an amazing series I just want to say what an honour it was to finally host The Xtra Factor alongside the lovely Matt and the naughty scamp Roman (Kemp). it was always a one-year gig (LOLS) and a full 360 for me and I’m grateful I had that opportunity. I propose a wake alongside Matt, Roman, Rochelle (Humes), Melvin (Odoom), Sarah (Jane Crawford), Matt (Richardson), Caroline (Flack), Olly (Murs), Konnie (Huq), Fearne (Cotton), Holly (Willoughby) & Ben (Shephard) where we can all wear black and mourn as one. God bless Xtra and all who sailed her. Sleep well girl x"
Radio 1 DJ Matt thanked ITV for taking a chance by hiring him, penning a lengthy note thanking Rylan and the entire Xtra Factor team.
"I had an absolute blast working on the show - it’s honestly the most fun I’ve ever had at work, and it’s thanks to the best production team in the world," Matt wrote. "Xtra had been on the decline for a few years, but we pulled out all the stops to make a show I am massively proud of. The feedback was amazing, and as a fan of The X Factor, it was a joy to be involved in some small way.
"There aren’t many shows on the telly that are live and silly, but I’m so glad I got to sink my teeth into this one… I feel very lucky to have done my dream job."
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