The comedian came under fire after lewd comments about the contestants were leaked
An ITV spokesperson said David Walliams’ future as a judge on Britain’s Got Talent was “extremely bleak”.
The broadcaster’s statement comes amid reports that the comedian is preparing to quit the popular reality series after 10 years. The Sun reports that Walliams is set to leave the show, which he first joined in 2012.
The Guardian reported the comments after reviewing the leaked transcripts. The offensive remarks came while filming audition episodes at the London Palladium in January 2020.
Walliams used the word swear to refer to a retiree who auditioned as well as making lewd comments about a female contestant. The Guardian said that when reviewing scripts for episodes from 2020, there was no indication that any of the other judges had also made disparaging remarks about contestants.
What did ITV say about Walliams’ future?
It has been reported that the comedian is preparing to quit Britain’s Got Talent after 10 years. The Sun said he plans to leave the show before the 2023 series.
But a BGT spokesperson said no final decision has been made on the refereeing lineup for next year. “The jury for Britain’s Got Talent 2023 will be announced in due course,” they said in a statement to the Palestinian Authority News Agency.
“There is still a lot up in the air at the moment about whether David will be in next year’s show. However, no decision has been made yet.”
PA understands that because auditions before the judging panel will not begin for another two months, no one is currently contracted to participate in the show.
Did Walliams apologize for the offensive remarks?
Following a report in The Guardian about comments made while filming BGT in 2020, Walliams issued an apology. He has been part of the judging panel alongside Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden and Alesha Dixon since 2012.
According to a leaked transcript seen by The Guardian, it was suggested that Walliams refer to an older artist as “c***” three times when he was out of earshot, after an unsuccessful audition. During the audition, the contestant had engaged in light-hearted banter with the judges as he reportedly taunted Walliams.
The script also indicates that more sexually explicit comments were made after a female contestant exited the stage.
In a statement, Walliams said: “I would like to apologize to people I made disrespectful comments about during breaks in filming for Britain’s Got Talent in 2020. These were private conversations – like most conversations with friends – that were never meant to be shared.” , I am sorry “.
The Guardian reports that lawyers for Walliams and Thames TV, the production company behind Britain’s Got Talent, have argued that the comments were part of a private conversation that was never intended for broadcast. In a statement, The Times said: “Although it related to a private conversation from nearly three years ago, the language used was inappropriate.
“Although it was private, the participants were talked to and reminded of their responsibilities and the expectations of the show regarding future professional behavior.”