Britain’s Got Talent judge David Walliams has been forced to apologise after crude sexual insults he made behind performers’ backs were revealed.
The best-selling children’s author and Little Britain TV comedy star called one elderly performer the C-word three times after he walked off stage, according to a transcript leaked to a newspaper.
And he said of a woman hopeful: ‘She’s like the slightly boring girl you meet in the pub that thinks you want to f*** them but you don’t.’
His slurs were picked up by a mic used to record chats between him and fellow judges Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden and Alesha Dixon at the London Palladium in January 2020. The elderly contestant had swapped banter from the stage before Walliams’s outburst.
After his X-rated jibe at the woman wannabe, he added: ‘I know, she’s just like, “Oh, f*** off!” I was saying, she thinks you want to f*** 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.’
Walliams, 51 – who joined BGT in 2012 – said in a statement: ‘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.’
Former BGT judge Piers Morgan tweeted yesterday: ‘Tip of the iceberg… Walliams is one of the nastiest frauds in TV.’
Later in 2020, he and comedy partner Matt Lucas, 48, apologised for using blackface to play characters such as obese Caribbean woman Desiree DeVere and Thai bride Ting Tong.
Thames TV, which makes BGT, called his words ‘inappropriate’, adding: ‘Even though it was private, those involved have been spoken to and reminded of their responsibilities and the show’s expectations.’
A spokesperson for BGT creator Simon Cowell and his firm Syco Entertainment said: ‘We were unaware of the alleged conversation until contacted by The Guardian. 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.’
ITV said: ‘We do not condone the language, and have spoken to the producers. Duty of care towards all participants on our programmes is always of paramount importance.’