David Walliams called a Britain’s Got Talent contestant a ‘c**t’ in an audio recording picked up from his microphone on the judges’ panel, it’s been revealed.
He also made derogatory remarks when referring to another person competing on the show, saying: ‘She thinks you want to f**k her, but you don’t,’ according to a leaked transcript seen by The Guardian.
The BGT judge has since apologised for his offensive comments, stating: ‘I would like to apologise to the people I made disrespectful comments about during breaks in filming for Britain’s Got Talent in 2020.
‘These were private conversations and – like most conversations with friends – were never intended to be shared. Nevertheless, I am sorry.’
The remarks in question were made during a taping for a BGT audition show at London’s Palladium in January 2020.
Lawyers for the TV personality and Thames TV, the company that produces the talent show, stated that Walliams was having a private conversation when the comments were made, rather than speaking with the expectation that his words would be aired.
Nonetheless, a Thames TV spokesperson acknowledged that the language he used was ‘inappropriate’ and Walliams has been reminded of the show’s ‘expectations as to future professional conduct’.
A spokesperson for Cowell and Syco Entertainment, the co-producer of Britain’s Got Talent, said: ‘We were unaware of the alleged conversation until contacted by the Guardian, and whilst it is not suggested Simon heard the alleged remarks, we can confirm he did not.
‘Britain’s Got Talent is a family show and we do not condone the use of any such language.’
One of the auditions the transcript referred to involved an older performer making a joke about Walliams while bantering with the judges.
After failing to make it through to the next round, the contestant was reportedly out of earshot when Walliams called him ‘a c**t’ three times.
On another occasion, a female contestant performing on the same audition show was described by Walliams as ‘the slightly boring girl you meet in the pub that thinks you want to f**k them, but you don’t.’
He continued: ‘She thinks you want to f**k her, but you don’t. I know, she’s just like: “Oh, f**k off!” I was saying, she thinks you want to f**k her, but you don’t.
‘It’s the last thing on your mind, but she’s like: “Yep, I bet you do!” “No I don’t!” I had a bit of a boner, but now it’s going, it’s now shrivelled up inside my body.’
According to The Guardian, the publication saw leaked transcripts from three episodes, with Walliams’ remarks being the only examples of offensive comments made, with no suggestion the other judges made derogatory remarks.