David Walliams called contestant a ‘c**t’ and made X-rated sex slur
Britain’s Got Talent judge David Walliams branded an elderly contestant a ‘c**t’ and made sexualised and derogatory remarks about a female competitor while recording an episode of the ITV talent show, a leaked transcript has revealed.
Walliams, one of the UK’s best-known television personalities and children’s book authors, was recorded referring to one contestant as a ‘c**t’ and saying of another: ‘She thinks you want to f**k her, but you don’t.’
The X-rated remarks, revealed by the Guardian, are said to have taken place during a recorded audition show at the London Palladium in January 2020.
In one incident an older performer engaged in lighthearted banter with the judges in which he made a jibe about Walliams.
After the audition, the pensioner left, after which Walliams is said to have described him as a ‘c**t’ three times.
Microphones used to capture chat between the judges picked up the comments.
David Walliams pictured at a Britain’s Got Talent shoot in April 2022
David Walliams (left) is one of four judges on the show’s panel, alongside (L-R) Alesha Dixon, Amanda Holden and Simon Cowell
Walliams, one of the UK’s best-known television personalities and children’s book authors, was recorded referring to one contestant as a ‘c**t’ and saying of another: ‘She thinks you want to f**k her, but you don’t’
In a separate incident a female contestant auditioning on the same show had walked off stage.
When her performance was over, Walliams remarked: ‘She’s like the slightly boring girl you meet in the pub that thinks you want to f**k them, but you don’t.’
Buzz-off! Casting staff reveal Britain’s Got Talent casting quips
Former members of Britain’s Got Talent production staff have revealed some contestants are labelled ‘buzz-off’, or BO, by crew working on the programme.
A casting list from 2012, seen by the Guardian, features the acronym which staff say was still used in 2016.
Five former employees who worked for the casting team told the Guardian it was used to refer to contestants who production staff believed could be funny but might perform poorly and be rejected by the judges.
‘Thinks he can go all the way to the final!’ a casting team staffer apparently wrote of one ‘buzz-off’ contestant. ‘Only put through because he is so unlikeable.’
Lawyers for Thames said that although this term might have been used by production staff, no outcomes were pre-determined and it all depended on the judges’ opinions on the day.
Each of the judges has one buzzer, and if all four hit their buzzers it means the audition must end
Walliams then reiterated: ‘She thinks you want to f**k her, but you don’t.’
He later added: ‘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 b***r, but now it’s going, it’s now shrivelled up inside my body.’
Former judge on Britain’s Got Talent Piers Morgan tweeted that the allegations are ‘just the tip of the iceberg’ as he labelled Mr Walliams a ‘nasty fraud’.
Mr Morgan was a judge on the show for the first four series.
While the fifth series took place with just three judges, David Walliams began judging on the show in 2012.
He judges alongside Alesha Dixon, Amanda Holden and Simon Cowell.
There is no suggestion that the other judges heard the remarks or made any such remarks themselves.
These were the only such comments made across three episodes looked at by the Guardian.
In a statement, Walliams told the Guardian: ‘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.’
In a statement, ITV said: ‘We do not condone the language outlined in these allegations, and we have spoken to the producers of Britain’s Got Talent.
‘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.’
Lawyers for Walliams and Thames TV, the production company behind Britain’s Got Talent, said the comments were part of a private conversation and were never intended for broadcast.
A Thames spokesperson added that despite this, his language was ‘inappropriate’ and he had 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.’
FROM EX-WIFE LARA STONE TO SPICE GIRL GERI HORNER… DAVID WALLIAM’S FORMER FLAMES
David Walliams has had his fair share of past loves – so who has he dated?
Lara Stone, 38
The pair – who are parents to Alfred, eight – were married for five years. David filed for divorce in 2015, citing ‘unreasonable behaviour’.
Lara and David pictured in 2012
Natalie Imbruglia, 47
David and the Australian singer were romantically linked on and off in the past, but Natalie claimed in a 2009 interview the comedian was ‘bad for her dating’.
Natalie and David pictured 2019
Keeley Hazell, 35
In July 2021, it was reported David had moved former page-three girl Keeley into his London home for nine months after she returned from the US.
Although they reportedly share a ‘special chemistry’, it was previously claimed that pair are just close pals and share a long-standing friendship.
Keeley and David pictured in 2021
Lisa Snowdon, 50
In 2006, David Walliams confessed that his heart had been broken by a mystery woman, who he dubbed Miss X.
Lisa revealed that she was the woman in question and explained she and David had dated briefly before she decided she just wanted to be friends.
Lisa and David pictured in 2005
Geri Horner, 49
They dated a few weeks before news of their relationship broke in 2007. Their romance fizzled out six weeks later.
Geri pictured in 2007
Ashley James, 34
David briefly started the Made In Chelsea star following his split from Lara.
Ashley pictured in 2022
Lauren Budd, 31
David dated model Lauren for three months in 2009, when she was 18 and he was 37.
Lauren and David pictured in 2009
What happened? It comes after the Little Britain star was spotted enjoyed a dog walk and lunch date with his new model ‘girlfriend’ Rosie Ashley in Primrose Hill last week
The Little Britain star was spotted enjoyed a dog walk and lunch date with his model ‘girlfriend’ Rosie Ashley in April.
An insider revealed to MailOnline that David and his love interest have been ‘dating for a while’, as they duo looked at ease in each other’s company while out and about together.
Rosie’s Instagram page features a series of sizzling fashion and swimwear shots and its easy to see how she caught the TV star’s eye. Her page reveals that they currently follow each other on the photo-sharing app.
The model’s age is unknown, but she is thought to be in her twenties.