The real reason Simon Cowell left a new talent show after saying it was for the family
Simon Cowell has quit new game show Walk The Line and will be replaced on the judging panel by Take That star Gary Barlow
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Simon Cowell is said to have quit Walk The Line as it was revealed that the show will only be on our screens for a week.
The game show was billed as the 62-year-old music mogul’s comeback, but he announced he was stepping down as one of the show’s judges.
He is set to be replaced by Take That star Gary Barlow as the series prepares to arrive.
However, unlike Britain’s Got Talent and The X Factor, the live show is said to only air for one week as it will be “broken down” into six episodes which will air on consecutive nights.
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A source told The Sun: “It might come as a surprise to viewers as they associate Simon’s shows, namely X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent, with Saturday night TV.
“But Walk The Line is very much a mid-week show, in the same vein as BGT’s live finals.
“Except the live final of the new game show may not even fall on a Saturday – ITV programmers have yet to decide.
“Simon and the team felt that stripping down the series in this way lent itself to building tension and felt like a more appropriate approach in the world of frenzy.”
While Simon will no longer be a judge, Gary will be joined by Craig David and Mabel on the panel. Maya Jama will be responsible for hosting duties.
Simon reportedly stepped down to reduce his workload and spend more time with his family.
Simon says of the decision to hand over the work to Gary: “This is a situation where I decided it was right for me to focus on my role as creator and producer as we prepare for this. extremely exciting launch.
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“Gary’s musical pedigree is second to none – and we’ve known each other for a long time now – so I’m delighted he’ll be taking over for me for the first series of Walk The Line. I know he’ll do a fantastic job.”
The Sun reports that Simon has decided to start cutting back on his workload so he can spend more quality time with partner Lauren Silverman and young son Eric.
The show is billed as a musical version of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire and will see contestants sing to win a £500,000 prize.
If contestants choose to keep fighting, they will have a chance to win an even bigger cash prize.