David Walliams recorded making sexually explicit comments about BGT contestant
On another occasion, David Walliams called a pensioner a 'c**t' three times
Leaked transcripts from Britain's Got Talent episodes have revealed derogatory remarks made by David Walliams towards contestants on the show.
In transcripts obtained by the Guardian, the television personality and children's author, who is a judge on the ITV talent show, 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 offensive remarks were made during a recorded audition show at the London Palladium in January 2020. Lawyers or Walliams and Thames TV, the production company behind Britain’s Got Talent, argued the comments were part of a private conversation never intended for broadcast.
The Guardian reports that the comments were made about an older performer who engaged in some light hearted banter with the judges during which he made a jibe about Walliams.
His comments were picked up by microphones used to capture discussion between the judges while they are sat at their desks in front of the stage.
The second incident occurred shortly after 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."
Walliams reiterated: "She thinks you want to f**k her, but you don’t."
He then 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 boner, but now it’s going, it’s now shrivelled up inside my body."
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. These were private conversations and – like most conversations with friends – were never intended to be shared. Nevertheless, I am sorry."
In the leaked transcripts from the three episodes, Walliams' comments were the only instances of derogatory remarks about contestants.
It is not thought that Cowell or any other judges on the show made offensive remarks as well.
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."
Walliams has been a popular feature on Britain's Got Talent since his introduction as a permanent judge on the show in 2012.
Read the full story in the Guardian here.