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Caroline Flack is back on The Xtra Factor with a new co-host comedian Matt Richardson

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Caroline Flack is back on The Xtra Factor with a new co-host comedian Matt Richardson
Caroline Flack is returning for her third series of The Xtra Factor and this time round she will be joined by a brand new co-host in the form of young comedian Matt Richardson.
One of TV’s top presenters Caroline will host the new series alongside 21 year old Matt, a successful stand-up comic who has been performing on the comedy circuit for the past two years. Matt takes over from platinum selling musician Olly Murs who has stepped down from the show to focus on his music.
Each week Caroline and Matt will be going behind-the-scenes, bringing viewers all the gossip on the biggest show on TV. They will be showing unseen auditions and have unprecedented backstage access to the judges  Sharon Osbourne, Gary Barlow, Nicole Sherzinger and Louis Walsh, as well as host Dermot O’Leary. 
Talking about her new partner in crime, Caroline says: "I'm really excited to be hosting Xtra Factor for the third year! Of course I'm going to miss Olly every day, but I am very proud that his music is doing so well all around the world. I really feel that Matt will bring something completely different to the show. He's a real find, he makes me laugh and it's great to introduce new talent. I can't wait to get started."
Speaking about his new role, Matt says: "I cannot describe how excited I am to be joining The Xtra Factor. Working with Caroline and the rest of the team will be an incredible experience and I will do my best to be as good as I possibly can, because I'm never going to be as gorgeous as Olly Murs"
Angela Jain, ITV Director of Digital Channels and Acquisitions says: "It's fantastic to see Caroline return. We will miss Olly enormously but welcome Matt who will add a different dimension to the show. The Xtra Factor is back with a bang." 
Richard Holloway, Managing Director, Thames, adds: ‘We are delighted that Caroline is back and that she’ll be joined by Matt. They’ve got great chemistry and as soon as we saw them together we knew they were a winning combination.”
Lee McNicholas, Executive Producer, Syco, says: “We’re thrilled Caroline is returning to the series and excited at Matt’s arrival. We’re confident they will be an exciting and fun double act.”
The X Factor and The Xtra Factor return to ITV and ITV2 this autumn.