David Walliams’ future on Britain’s Got Talent is ‘very uncertain’ following the judge’s apology for inappropriate remarks about contestants.
A spokesman for the ITV show said the comedian and actor’s role in next year’s series was not guaranteed, amid reports he will not be on the judging panel for the first time in over a decade.
The Sun newspaper says Walliamswho joined in 2012, will leave.
It comes after the 51-year-old apologized for “disrespectful comments” he made during breaks from filming in 2020.
A spokesperson for Britain’s Got Talent told the PA news agency: “The jury for Britain’s Got Talent 2023 will be announced in due course.
“Whether David will be on next year’s show is still very much up in the air at this time.
“No decision, however, has yet been made.”
What would Walliams have said?
The remarks were reportedly derogatory and sexually explicit, referring to one contestant as a “c***” and saying of another, “She thinks you want to fuck her, but you don’t.”
First reported by The Guardian, the comments were part of a leaked transcript seen by the newspaper, taken from a show taped at the London Palladium in January 2020.
They are believed to have been picked up by microphones on the judges’ desk in the center of the auditorium.
In a statement, Walliams said, “These were private conversations and – like most conversations with friends – were never meant to be shared. Nonetheless, I’m sorry.”
Thames TV, the production company behind Britain’s Got Talent, said in a statement that the language used was “inappropriate” and that those involved had been “called to their responsibilities”.
ITV said it did not approve of the language and had “spoke to the producers” about the incident.
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Walliams has been on the panel with Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden and Alesha Dixon, and he was named Best Judge at the National Television Awards three times during his stint.
But the PA news agency understands no one is currently under contract for the 2023 series, with no jury auditions scheduled for another two months.