David Walliams has resigned as a judge England has an incredible talent in 2022 after being discovered for making a number of disrespectful comments about the show’s contestants.
Walliams, who is one of the UK’s best-known television personalities and a best-selling children’s book author, has made the decision to leave the show after 10 years following the revelation.
But what did he say and who will replace him on the hit reality show? Here’s everything you need to know.
Why did David Walliams leave Britain’s Got Talent?
According to a leaked transcript seen by The GuardianWalliams called an older performer a “c***” three times while he was out of earshot, following an unsuccessful audition.
During his audition, the contestant engaged in light-hearted banter with the judges in which he made a joke about Walliams, it was reported.
Walliams’ comments were picked up by microphones used to capture discussions between the judges, which include Walliams, Simon Cowell, Alesha Dixon and Amanda Holden.
The transcript also suggests that other sexually explicit comments were made after a contestant left the stage.
“She’s like the kinda annoying girl you meet in the pub who thinks you want to fuck them, but you don’t,” he reportedly said.
Walliams reiterated, “She thinks you want to fuck her, but you don’t.”
He then added, “I know, she’s just like, ‘Oh, fuck you!’ I said, she thinks you want to fuck her, but you don’t. It’s the last thing you think about, but she goes, “Yeah, I bet you do!” do not do!’ I had a little stupidity, but now it’s okay, it’s now shrunken inside my body.
What did David Walliams say in response to the leak?
In a statement, Walliams said: “I would like to apologize to the people I made disrespectful comments about during breaks in the filming of England has an incredible talent in 2020.
“These were private conversations and – like most conversations with friends – were never meant to be shared. Nonetheless, I’m sorry.
The Guardian reported that lawyers for Walliams and Thames TV, the production company behind England has an incredible talentargued that the comments were part of a private conversation never intended for broadcast.
In a statement, Thames TV said: “Although relating to a private conversation almost three years ago, the language used was inappropriate.
“Even though it was private, those involved have been contacted and reminded of their responsibilities and the show’s expectations for future professional conduct.”
In a statement, ITV said: “We do not condone the language depicted in these allegations, and have spoken to producers about England has an incredible talent.
“Duty of care to all participants in any of our programs is always of paramount importance and we have protocols and guidelines in place for all of our production partners.”
Who will take over as judge on Britain’s Got Talent now?
Old Come dance strictly judge Bruno Tonioli has now been confirmed as the replacement for David Walliams on England has an incredible talent.
The Italian choreographer and dancer joined his new co-stars at the new series’ first judges audition at the London Palladium on Tuesday.
The 67-year-old said: “Here we are, England has an incredible talent. I’m so excited. It’s my first show, I have no idea what’s going to happen, but I’m sure it’s going to be great.