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David Walliams future as UK’s Got Talent judge ‘very much in the air’

David Walliams future as a referee Britain’s Got Talent is “very up in the air”, said a spokesperson for the ITV programme.

It comes after reports Sun newspaper that the comedian would be leaving the show after 10 years as a judge, he first joined the panel in 2012.

Walliams recently apologized for making “disparaging comments” about contestants during breaks in the popular show.

However, a spokesman for BGT said no final decision had been made on the 2023 judging panel.

“Judgment Committee on Britain’s Got Talent 2023 will be announced in due course,” the spokesman said in a statement to the PA news agency. “At the moment, it is still unknown whether David will take part in next year’s show.

“But no decision has been made yet.

Walliams was part of the show’s original judging panel along with Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden, and Alesha Dixon.

With the panel of judges hearings only starting in two months, no one is currently hired for the show.

Walliams’ apology, made earlier this month, comes after the comedian was reportedly recorded making derogatory remarks and sexually explicit comments about contestants auditioning for a show at the London Palladium in January 2020.

According to the leaked transcript seen by Guardianit has been suggested that Walliams called the older performer “c***” three times while out of earshot after failing the audition.

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During the hearing, it was reported that the contestant engaged in lighthearted banter with the judges, during which he taunted Walliams.

The transcript also suggests that further sexually explicit comments were made after the contestant left the stage.

In a statement, Walliams said: “I would like to apologize to the people I made disparaging comments about during breaks in filming for Britain’s Got Talent in 2020

“These were private conversations and – like most conversations with friends – were never meant to be shared. Anyway, I’m sorry.”

Guardian reported that lawyers for Walliams and Thames TV, the production company behind it Britain’s Got Talenthe argued that the comments were part of a private conversation that was never meant to be broadcast.

In a statement, Thames TV said: “Although he referred to a private conversation almost three years ago, the language used was inappropriate.

“Although it was private, those involved were spoken to and reminded of their responsibilities and the program’s expectations of future professional conduct.”

His comments were captured by microphones used to record discussions between judges including Simon Cowell, Alesha Dixon and Amanda Holden.

in a statement ITV he said: “We do not condone the language presented in these allegations and have spoken to the producers of Britain’s Got Talent.

“The duty of care to all participants in any of our programs is always of paramount importance and we have protocols and guidelines for all our production partners.”

Guardian reported that Walliams’ comments were the only instances of derogatory remarks about the contestants in the three episodes reviewed.


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