David Walliams’ future on Britain’s Got Talent is “very much up in the air” following the judge’s apology for inappropriate comments 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 part of the judging panel for the first time in over a decade.
That reports the newspaper Sun Walliamswho joined in 2012 will leave.
It comes after the 51-year-old apologized for “disrespectful comments” he made during film breaks in 2020.
A Britain’s Got Talent spokesperson told PA news agency: “The jury for Britain’s Got Talent 2023 will be announced in due course.
“It is currently very much up in the air whether David will participate in next year’s show.
“However, no decision has been made yet.”
What would Walliams have said?
It is believed the comments were derogatory and sexually explicit, with one participant referring to a “c***” and saying of another, “She thinks you want to fuck her, but you don’t.”
The comments, first reported by The Guardian, were part of a leaked transcript the newspaper had seen, taken from a taped show at the London Palladium in January 2020.
They would have been picked up by microphones on the jury’s desk in the middle of the room.
In a statement, Walliams said: “These were private conversations and — like most conversations with friends — were never meant to be shared. I’m sorry nonetheless.”
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 “reminded of their responsibilities”.
ITV said it did not approve of the language and had “talked to the producers” about the incident.
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Walliams was 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 PA news agency understands that no one is currently contracted for the 2023 series, and no jury auditions are expected for another two months.