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Olly Murs ‘shocked’ as he’s axed from The Voice: ‘I won’t shine this up – I’m absolutely gutted’

Olly has been on the show for years

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Olly Murs confessed he was “shocked” and “absolutely gutted” after being axed from the new season of The Voice.

The singer – who has been a judge on the show since 2018 – claims he found out about the decision back in September.

Olly Murs on The Voice
Olly has been axed from The Voice (Credit: ITV)

Olly Murs axed from The Voice

Former X-Factor star Olly first joined The Voice back in 2018. He has since appeared on five seasons of the show, with his sixth – which has already been recorded – airing later this year.

However, when the show returns next year, Olly won’t be on the judging panel. The 39-year-old announced the shock news during a recent interview with The Sun.

“I’m gutted. I got the call last week to say I won’t be back on the show, and it’s a bit of a shock, to be honest. I didn’t really expect that to come. But I don’t want to sit here like other artists might, and shine and gloss this up and say, ‘It was my decision’. I don’t want to do that,” he said.

Olly Murs on The Voice
Olly is ‘gutted’ (Credit: ITV)

Olly Murs ‘gutted’ as he’s dropped from The Voice

The singer then continued. “I don’t want to [bleep] my fans or [bleep] people who watch the show, and say, ‘Oh, it was an amicable decision to leave — I’ve got lots of things on next year, I can’t do it anymore’. No. Genuinely, I accept their ­decision, and they’ll find someone great, I’m sure. But am I going to miss it? Yeah,” he then said.

He then went on to say that he didn’t want to leave. Olly then continued, saying that he still has a “great” relationship with ITV. He then suggested that it wasn’t the broadcaster’s decision – and was more so the production company’s.

Olly then said that he is “really going to miss” fellow judge Tom Jones.

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The star will feature in the new series (Credit: CoverImages.com)

Olly will ‘miss’ the show

The star then went on to say how much he loved working on the show and the behind-the-scenes crew. However, he added that he is “absolutely gutted” about the decision.

“I’ve had knockbacks in my career before, I will be fine. Something exciting will come along. But this year has been such a year of positives for me, I always thought something bad might come around . . . and I guess this is it,” he then said.

In a statement to ED, ITV said: “Details of the 2024 series will be confirmed in due course.”

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The Voice UK semi-final is on December 23 on ITV1 at 8.10pm.

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Robert Emlyn Slater
Senior Writer