X Factor host Dermot O’Leary has dismissed rumours over the future of his Brighton fish restaurant after its sister eatery closed due to poor sales.

The Radio 2 host shut the 130-seat Fishy Fishy restaurant in Poole, Dorset, after two-and-a-half years with the loss of 13 jobs.

However, he told a national newspaper that the Brighton branch, in East Street, was “doing fine”.

He added: “Sadly we decided that Fishy Fishy Poole should cease trading owing to the current financial climate.

“Fishy Fishy Brighton continues to trade as normal.”