David Walliams’ future as Britain’s Got Talent judge ‘very up in the air’
David Walliams’ future as a judge on Britain’s Got Talent is “very up in the air,” according to a spokesman for the itv show said.
It comes after incoming reports The sun Newspaper that the comedian will leave the show after 10 years as a judge, having first joined the panel in 2012.
Walliams recently apologized for making “disrespectful comments” about contestants during breaks in filming on the popular show.
However, a spokesman for BGT said no final decision on the 2023 jury had been made.
“The jury for Britain’s Got Talent 2023 will be announced in due course,” the spokesman said in a statement to the PA news agency. “Whether David will take part in the show next year is still in the stars.
“But no decision has been made yet.”
Walliams was part of the show’s original judging panel alongside Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden and Alesha Dixon.
PA also understands that with jury auditions not scheduled to begin for another two months, no one is currently signed to the show.
Walliam’s apology, made earlier this month, came after the comedian was reportedly recorded making derogatory remarks and sexually explicit comments about contestants auditioning for the show at the London Palladium in January 2020.
According to a leaked transcript seen by the guardIt has been suggested that Walliams three times called an older cast member “c***” when he was out of earshot after an unsuccessful audition.
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During his audition, the contestant had engaged in lighthearted banter with the judges, making fun of Walliams, it was reported.
Transcript also indicates that more sexually explicit comments were made after a contestant left the stage.
In a statement, Walliams said: “I would like to apologize to the people I made disrespectful comments about during the breaks in filming for Britain’s Got Talent in 2020.
“These were private conversations and, like most conversations with friends, should never be shared. Still, I’m sorry.”
The guard reported that lawyers for Walliams and Thames TV, the production company behind Britain’s Got Talent, argued the comments were part of a private conversation never meant to be broadcast.
In a statement, Thames TV said: “Although it was a private conversation almost three years ago, the language used was inappropriate.
“Although it was private, those involved were addressed and reminded of their responsibilities and the show’s expectations of future professional conduct.”
His comments were captured by microphones used to record discussions between the judges, including Simon Cowell, Alesha Dixon and Amanda Holden.
in an opinion, itv said: “We do not condone the language set forth in these allegations and we have spoken to the producers of Britain’s Got Talent.
“Duty of care to anyone participating in any of our programs is always paramount, and we have protocols and policies in place for all of our production partners.”
The Guardian reported that Walliams’ comments were the only cases of derogatory remarks about three-episode contestants that were reviewed.
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