Michael McIntyre has reportedly quit Britain’s Got Talent after just a year as a judge.
The Sun reports that the comic wants to quit to concentrate on his stand-up; with a 100-date arena tour coming next year which will net him more than his reported £250,000 Britain’s Got Talent fee.
McIntyre told the tabloid: ‘I absolutely loved being a judge but have been itching to get back on stage myself. I wish the show and production team every success.’
McIntrye’s tour does not kick off until August, which would have given him time for Britain’s Got Talent, which is expected to return to ITV in the spring. His decision could mean the show needs a whole new panel of judges, as David Hasselhoff was axed last month and Amanda Holden is expecting a baby in the new year.
An ITV spokesman said: ‘Michael was a fantastic new addition to the Britain’s Got Talent judging panel. We wish him all the very best with his tour and look forward to working with him again.’