Britain’s Got Talent judge David Walliams has apologized for making “disrespectful remarks” about the contestants during a break from filming the ITV talent show.
The comedian and children’s author (age 51) is said to have made offensive remarks and sexually explicit remarks about participants auditioning for the show at the London Palladium in January 2020.
According to a leaked transcript seen by the Guardian, it is alleged that Walliams called an older artist “c***” three times when he failed to hear, after an unsuccessful audition. .
During his audition, the contestant had light-hearted jokes with the judges in which he talked about Walliams, it was reported.
The transcript also showed other sexually explicit comments made after a female contestant walked off the stage.
“She was like the slightly boring girl you meet in the pub who thinks you want to have sex with them, but you don’t,” Walliams is said to have said, before repeating: “She thinks you want to have sex with them. her, but you are not. “
It is believed that his remarks were collected by microphones used to capture discussions between the judges, sometimes used in the final passages between auditions.
In a statement, Walliams said: “I would like to apologize to those to whom I made disrespectful remarks during the filming of Britain’s Got Talent 2020.
“These are private conversations and – like most chats with friends – were never intended to be shared. However, I apologize. “
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The Guardian reports that lawyers for Walliams and Thames TV, the production company of Britain’s Got Talent, argue that the comments were part of a private conversation that was never intended to be broadcast.
In a statement, Thames TV said: “Despite relating to a private conversation nearly three years ago, the language used was inappropriate.
“Although it is a private matter, those involved were spoken to and reminded of their responsibilities and the program’s expectations for future professional conduct.”
His comments were collected using microphones used to capture discussions among judges, including Simon Cowell, Alesha Dixon and Amanda Holden.
In a statement, ITV said: “We do not tolerate the language outlined in these allegations, and we have spoken to the producers of Britain’s Got Talent.
“Our obligation to care for all participants in any of our programs is always paramount, and we have protocols and guidelines in place for all of our production partners. “
The Guardian reports that Walliams’ comment is the only instance of derogatory remarks towards contestants from three episodes that have been reviewed.
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