While many might assume that said rule could have been something like “Be Able To Sing”, ITV bosses have refused to go into details. As such the current Ofcom complaints and his behaviour are being highlighted by those trying to make sense of the situation.
Frankie’s reported boozing antics and on-screen swearing have already prompted a probe by the TV regulator and his behaviour has contributed to an investigation of three potential breaches of the programme code by the series.
âIâd like to apologise to Gary, my fellow contestants and everyone who has voted for me, but, as of today, I will no longer be in The X Factor,” said Frankie in a statement.
“My life during the show has gone out of control and my behaviour off stage has over-stepped the rules of the competition. I no longer deserve my place in the show, so I am therefore leaving. I would like to thank everyone who has supported me.â?
Ofcom has confirmed that it is looking into these potential breaches and the body will investigate whether Frankie should be sanctioned for swearing after he was seen to shout “f****** have it – get in there”, when he learned he was through to the next round of the competition during the October 23 results show.
The watchdog is also looking at a programme the night before in which Frankie – who has established a reputation as a “party animal” and a “Jack the lad” – was seen on a night out with friends, which may have breached the code’s rules on glamorising alcohol use during a family show.
An ITV statement read: âFrankie is leaving the show today after breaking competition rules. He is going to take some time out before continuing his career as a singer. We wish him all the best for his future.â?
The development could mean that no-one will be leaving this Saturday or maybe another contestant will be returning? Either way ITV have confirmed that they will be making an announcement about Saturday’s show tomorrow..