X Factor

Steve Jones won't be back as host for 'X Factor'

Jan. 30, 2012 at 8:08 PM ET

"X Factor's" inaugural host Steve Jones won't be back for season 2, he tweeted on the afternoon of Jan. 30. 

"I wont be hosting next seasons XFactor which is a shame but I cant [sic] complain as I've had a great time. Good luck to everyone on the show," wrote the 34-year-old Wales native. 

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The U.S. version of the show was a challenging task for Jones, who struggled during live episodes which were emotionally charged and often spontaneous. He also drew criticism for his handling of sensitive exits by the likes of Lakoda Rayne and Rachel Crow. 

In December, the Hollywood Reporter asked Jones whether he would be returning, to which he responded, “Fingers crossed, I’d love to come back.” Normal protocol, said the six-foot-plus host, “is the show finishes and they assess. If they want me back, great. If they don't, I'll do something else, it’s as simple as that.”

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