X Factor: Dermot O’Leary didn’t ‘pay attention’ to Steve Jones criticism

Dermot O’Leary has every right to feel a little smug about the recent axing of Steve Jones from the X Factor USA, after all he went for the job himself and was snubbed by Simon Cowell in favour of the Welsh hunk.

However the soon to be married star insists that he took no pleasure in people’s constant criticism of Steve and his presenting style and after hearing that the handsome star had been axed from the hit Fox talent show, Dermot told The Daily Star:

“I don’t pay attention to the criticism Steve got.That did not bother me.”

O’Leary added:

“I’ve just come back from holiday and when you are away you realise how inconsequential people’s views are.”

Steve revealed on Twitter last week that the rumours were true and he wouldn’t be returning to The X Factor for it’s 2012 series.

However he wasn’t alone in being axed, as Simon Cowell later confirmed that both Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger would also be replaced on the panel.

It has been rumoured that Cowell is now in talks with a number of stars about joining the panel in their place and names in the frame include Mariah Carey, Beyonce, Katy Perry and Nicki Minaj.

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