David Walliams’ future as a judge on Britain’s Got Talent is “very much up in the air”, a spokesman for the ITV program has said, amid reports he is leaving the show after 10 years.
Walliams recently apologized for making “derogatory comments” about contestants during the recording of an episode of the programme., following a patron report,
Sun The newspaper reported on its front page on Friday that Williams was to leave the show. But a BGT spokesperson said no final decisions had been made around the 2023 judging lineup.
“The judging panel for Britain’s Got Talent 2023 will be announced in due course,” the spokesperson said. Whether or not David is going to participate in next year’s show is still very much up in the air at this point. However, no decision has been taken yet.”
Walliams is part of the show’s judging panel alongside Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden and Alesha Dixon.
His apology, made earlier this month, was recorded after the comedian made disparaging and sexually explicit comments about participants auditioning for the show at the London Palladium in January 2020.
According to a leaked transcript seen by the Guardian, after a failed audition, Walliams thrice referred to an older cast member as a “cunt” when she was out of earshot. During the audition, the contestant had a light-hearted banter with the judges, in which she made a joke about Walliams.
More sexually explicit comments were recorded in the transcript after a female contestant left the stage.
In a statement, Walliams said: “I want to apologize to those to whom I made disparaging comments during a break in filming of Britain’s Got Talent in 2020. These were private conversations and – like most conversations with friends – Never meant to share. Still, I’m sorry.
The Guardian reported that lawyers for Walliams and Thames TV, the production company behind Britain’s Got Talent, argued that the comments were part of a private conversation that was never broadcast.
Thames TV said in a statement: “In relation to a private conversation almost three years ago, the language used was inappropriate. Even though it was private, those involved have been spoken to and held accountable for their responsibilities and future professional conduct.” as reminded of the expectations of the show.
Walliams’ comments were picked up by microphones used to capture discussions between the judges.
ITV said in a statement: “We do not condone the language mentioned in these allegations, and we have spoken to the producers of Britain’s Got Talent. The duty of care towards all participants in any of our programs is always paramount and all our We have protocols and guidelines for production partners.
The Guardian reported that Walliams’ comments were just one example of disparaging comments made about contestants from the three episodes that were reviewed.