David Walliams ‘quits Britain’s Got Talent after 10 years’
David Walliams has reportedly resigned from Britain’s Got Talent after 10 years on the judging panel.
The comedian, 51, is set to leave the ITV show ahead of its 2023 series, weeks after he was forced to apologize for describing an elderly contestant as a ‘c***’ and making vile sexual comments about a woman. who participated.
Show bosses are believed to already be looking for a replacement before filming begins next year.
Is turned off! David Walliams has reportedly resigned from Britain’s Got Talent after 10 years on the judging panel, weeks after he apologized for making vile comments about a contestant.
said a source Sun: ‘He hasn’t made the decision lightly, but it seems it’s time to move on.’
‘David has decided to retire after a ten year career. He wants to go on a high after a wonderful time.
“His team has been having quiet conversations for the past few days where it has become clear that David is preparing to step down, and then the producers will start thinking about who could replace him.”
It comes as David’s co-stars Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden and Alesha Dixon are in negotiations for their 2023 contracts. None of them have signed a deal yet.
Is turned off! The comedian (pictured in 2012) is set to leave the ITV show ahead of its 2023 series, weeks after he was forced to apologize for describing an elderly contestant as a ‘c***’
A BGT source told MailOnline: “It’s still very much up in the air at this point if David will be on next year’s show.” However, no decision has yet been made.
A Britain’s Got Talent spokesperson said: “The judging panel for Britain’s Got Talent 2023 will be announced in due course.”
MailOnline has contacted representatives for David Walliams for further comment.
Shocking: David’s future on BGT was in doubt after he described an elderly contestant as ac*** and made vile sexual comments about a woman also competing on the show.
Oti Mabuse is reportedly being considered as a replacement for David, with reality show bosses discussing how the former professional dancer on BBC’s Strictly would be perfect for the role.
She is currently at the center of a tug of war between ITV and the BBC, who want her to star in their shows due to her overwhelming popularity.
A television source told The Mail on Sunday: ‘Oti’s name is on the painting. She is touted as the perfect replacement for Walliams if ITV decides not to take him on.
“There are several talks taking place while the negotiations are taking place, but Oti is a clear route that many involved in BGT want to take. They think it would be perfect.
Oti made her TV judge debut on another of Simon Cowell’s shows, The Greatest Dancer, in 2018 and became very fond of her.
After leaving Strictly last year, the South African dancer was selected by ITV to be part of the judging panel for their skating competition, Dancing On Ice. She was also made a host of her own dating show, Romeo And Duet.
But the BBC then brought her back for a new quiz show, The Tower, which she recently filmed for the broadcaster.
Shocking: The comments, made in January 2020 during auditions at the London Palladium, were caught on the show’s microphones and revealed earlier this month.
David’s future on BGT was in doubt after he described an elderly contestant as a c*** and made vile sexual comments about a woman who was also a contestant on the show.
The comments, made in January 2020 during auditions at the London Palladium, were caught on the show’s microphones and revealed earlier this month.
In one incident, caught on the show’s microphones, an older performer engaged in a lighthearted joke with the judges in which he made fun of Walliams, a Guardian exposé claimed.
After the audition, the retiree left, after which Walliams is said to have described him as a ‘c**t’ three times.
Claims: Sources close to BGT said David’s return was “highly threatened” and was “under the microscope”
In a separate incident, after a contestant walked off stage, Walliams commented, “She’s like the slightly boring girl you meet in the pub who thinks you want to fuck her but you don’t.” She later added: ‘I know, she’s like: ‘Oh, fuck you!’ She was saying that she thinks you want to fuck her, but you don’t.
‘It’s the last thing on her mind, but she’s like, ‘Yeah, I bet you do!’
‘No, i do not do it! I had a bit of ab***r, but now it’s gone, now it’s wrinkled inside my body.
Sources close to BGT said David’s return was “highly threatened” and “under the microscope”, with some senior officials saying he should be fired immediately.
Beloved: Oti Mabuse is reportedly being considered as a replacement for David, with bosses discussing how the former professional dancer on BBC’s Strictly would be perfect for the role.
A source said: “This couldn’t have come at a worse time in terms of his return to BGT, discussions are continuing at the moment so David’s comments have now become a big part of the conversation.”
‘He hasn’t signed an agreement yet, which has been a relief because now there are options. It’s a family show and this isn’t just a negative thing, it’s offensive to people.
You have left David in a very precarious position. There are some people involved in the show who don’t want him to come back, there is a danger of this incident becoming part of the BGT narrative and nobody wants that. It is an enchanting spectacle that brings so much joy.
“Some say David’s return is now highly unlikely.”
In a statement to The Guardian, the Little Britain star said: “I would like to apologize to the people I made disrespectful comments about during breaks in filming for Britain’s Got Talent in 2020.”
“These were private conversations and, like most conversations with friends, they were never intended to be shared. However, I’m sorry.
Speaking: In a statement, David said: “I would like to apologize to the people I made disrespectful comments about during breaks in filming for Britain’s Got Talent in 2020.”
An ITV spokesman said: “We do not condone the language outlined in these allegations and have spoken with the producers of Britain’s Got Talent.”
“The duty of care towards all participants in any of our shows is always of the utmost importance and we have protocols and guidelines in place for all of our production partners.”
Meanwhile, sources at London-based production company Thames said they have given BGT judges better training and education about their language and greater respect for the contestants.
A spokesperson said: “Although in relation to a private conversation almost three years ago, the language used was inappropriate.
“Although private, those involved were spoken to and reminded of their responsibilities and the program’s expectations for future professional conduct.”
Conduct: Meanwhile, sources at London-based production company Thames said they have provided enhanced training and education for BGT judges.