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David Walliams ‘quits’ Britain’s Got Talent after apologising for offensive remarks about contestants

He reportedly called an elderly contestant a 'c***'

Daisy Jackson Daisy Jackson - 25th November 2022

David Walliams has reportedly quit Britain’s Got Talent after a decade on the hit show.

The comedian recently issued an apology after transcripts emerged that appeared to show him making derogatory comments about contestants, including referring to an elderly performer as a ‘c***’. 

Now, The Sun is reporting that the star has ‘sensationally quit’ the judging panel, where he sits with Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden and Alesha Dixon. 

Producers have since said this his future on the ITV series is ‘very much up in the air’ but that no decision has been made. 

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Walliams found himself in the centre of a media storm earlier this month after The Guardian reported he had made disrespectful remarks about people who appeared on the talent show. 

The leaked transcripts reportedly captured him making sexually explicit comments about a female contestant. 

David Walliams on Britain's Got Talent
David Walliams with his fellow Britain’s Got Talent judges. Credit: ITV

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

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“These were private conversations and – like most conversations with friends – were never intended to be shared. Nevertheless, I am sorry.”

ITV said earlier this month: “We do not condone the language outlined in these allegations, and we have spoken to the producers of Britain’s Got Talent. 

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“Duty of care towards all participants on any of our programmes is always of paramount importance and we have protocols and guidelines in place for all our production partners.” 

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On the reports of Walliams Quitting Britain’s Got Talent, a spokesperson said: “The judging panel for Britain’s Got Talent 2023 will be announced in due course. 

“It’s still very much up in the air at the moment on whether David is going to take part in next year’s show. No decision, though, has been made as yet.”

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