As Leeds singer Tom Bleasby quits The X Factor, we look at another five famous walkouts

Eric Cantona signs for Leeds United - but it would all end in tears.
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Leeds singer Tom Bleasby sent social media into meltdown last night after quitting TV’s X Factor.

The 19-year-old said he could not continue on the ITV talent show “for personal reasons”.

The Bee Gees.

The Bee Gees.

But Tom isn’t the first and won’t be the last person to stage a dramatic and high-profile walkout.

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Here we look at another five people who have gone AWOL in the full glare of the spotlight.

Just six months after helping Leeds United to the First Division title in 1992, Eric Cantona was off – and he went in typically combustible fashion.

Denis Healey.

Denis Healey.

Speaking to writer Dave Simpson for his acclaimed book The Last Champions, Leeds legend and star of the time Gary Speed recounted: “We played QPR away, and Eric wasn’t playing.

“We were all in tracksuits and he came down in jeans, and his coat, and bag.

“Apparently he’d said to [manager Howard Wilkinson], ‘I wanna go home’. And Howard’s said, ‘Here’s your passport, **** off’.

“And he got up out of the meeting. You wanted to say ‘See you, Eric’ or ‘Don’t go!’ but you knew that was it then.”

Patsy Kensit and Liam Gallagher.

Patsy Kensit and Liam Gallagher.

The Bee Gees may be music icons but they will also always be remembered for the moment they stormed out of a TV chat show interview with Clive Anderson back in 1997.

The row flared up after Anderson made a joke about one of the band’s early names – Les Tosseurs.

The Bee Gees would always be t*ssers to him, he had quipped.

When the singers started talking about their hits, including the song Don’t Forget To Remember, Anderson said he’d forgotten it already.

Some of the pop stars who appeared on Reborn In The USA.

Some of the pop stars who appeared on Reborn In The USA.

Barry Gibb then got to his feet and, before walking out with his fellow Bee Gees, said: “This is a set-up. If anyone is a t*sser around here it’s you, pal.”

The late Leeds politician Denis Healey’s visit to breakfast television station TV-am in 1987 proved even the best of us can see red in high-pressure situations.

Presenter Anne Diamond clashed with Mr Healey over allegations his wife, Edna, 66, had skipped NHS waiting lists to have a hip operation.

The Shadow Foreign Secretary responded by asking Miss Diamond – who was pregnant at the time – where she was to have her baby, insinuating it would also be in a private hospital, to which she replied: “I am not a politician.”

Mr Healey eventually stormed out of the studio, live on air. In his fury, he reportedly collided at the exit with TV-am’s then political editor, Adam Boulton.

The bust-up came just days before that year’s general election.

Over the last 20 years or so, one man has elevated the walkout into an admittedly ill-tempered art form – step forward Britpop bad boy and former Oasis singer Liam Gallagher.

Perhaps his finest – or at least most infamous – hour came in 1996 when he pulled out of the band’s American tour 15 minutes before their plane was due to take off.

He claimed he had to go house-hunting with his then fiancee, Patsy Kensit, saying: “We’ve got to be out by the weekend. I’m not going around touring the US when I’ve got nowhere to live.

“I’ve got to pack my gear and get a home sorted out. I can’t go and look at houses while I’m in America trying to perform for silly ******* Yanks.”

Liam’s brother and fellow Oasis star Noel Gallagher would later blame the no-show for the band’s failure to crack the US in the same way they did Britain.

Scouse songbird Sonia’s somewhat unlikely presence in this rundown was secured by her appearance on ITV’s 2003 reality series Reborn In The USA.

The show featured a string of what can most charitably be described as faded UK stars trying to rekindle their careers on the other side of the Atlantic.

Sonia headed for the airport in tears after audiences in New Orleans voted her the show’s worst performer – but then had a sudden change of heart.

She decided to stick it out on the programme, a move that went down none too well with Dollar singers David Van Day and Thereza Bazar.

They accused Sonia of running a dirty tricks campaign to stay on the show after the public voted to ditch them and keep her on the tour bus.

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