Michael McIntyre has quit Britain’s Got Talent.
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The comedian – who joined Amanda Holden and David Hasselhoff on the judging panel of the ITV1 show earlier this year following the departure of Simon Cowell and Piers Morgan – has told bosses that he won’t be returning as he wants to concentrate on his 100-date stand-up tour.
He said: “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.”
An ITV spokesman added to The Sun: “Michael was a fantastic addition to the BGT judging panel. We wish him all the very best and look forward to working with him again.”
The news of Michael’s departures comes weeks after bosses decided to axe former Baywatch star David from the panel, leaving pregnant Amanda as the sole survivor.
As well as his stand-up tour, it was recently revealed Michael is to host a one-hour BBC One Christmas special.
The funnyman will get a special festive version of his Comedy Roadshow, which will be one of the channel’s highlights on Christmas day (25.12.11).
Michael said: “Having visited 12 of my favourite cities, I’m thrilled that my Comedy Roadshow is coming home for Christmas. It’s such an honour for the show to be on Christmas Day and to be introducing some of the biggest names in comedy to entertain a turkey-filled nation slumped on their sofas!”