Caroline Flack and new judge Nick get the BOOT from Simon Cowell

The latest series of the X Factor fell fowl of some harsh criticism from audiences last year and it seems that the big boss Simon Cowell took notice. 

Akin to drastically changing the format and layout of the talent competition, it seems that Simon has also got rid of a presenter and a judge. 

According to the Mirror, new judge Nick Grimshaw as well as one half of the presenting duo, Caroline Flack ,will not be returning for next year's show. 

The BBC Radio 1 DJ confirmed yesterday that he will not be making an appearance in another season of the show. 

"After careful consideration, Nick’s decided to rule himself out as a judge on this year’s X Factor," said a spokesperson for the star. 

"He loved working on last year’s series alongside Rita, Cheryl and Simon but it was very much a once-in-a-lifetime experience. He remains a massive fan of the show and is looking forward to watching it this year."

Meanwhile, Caroline Flack seems to have paid the price for the incessant criticism of her presenting skills alongside Olly Murs. 

Despite Olly making several cringe worthy blunders during the ITV competition last year, it's Caroline that seems to have got the axe. 

While rumours circulated last month that the show was to be removed from the air for a few years, ITV confirmed that the show will run until at least 2017. 

Simon's show faces competition from the Voice which was bought by ITV in a million-pound deal late last year.