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Nottingham Post
Nottingham Post
Christopher Megrath

Simon Cowell on axing of David Walliams before Britain's Got Talent return

Simon Cowell spoke to David Walliams after he quit Britain's Got Talent - but he was not behind the decision on who should replace him.

The comedian quietly stepped away from the show after voice messages surfaced of him discussing auditions' looks in a sexual and derogatory manner, Liverpool Echo reports. Simon has labelled the commentrs as "completely unacceptable" and against the ethos of the popular show.

Ahead of BGT returning yesterday evening with a new judge Bruno Tonioli, Simon addressed the shakeup for the first time.

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He said: "It's not the ethos of the show. I said at the time, these comments were completely unacceptable. I hadn't heard them before and it was upsetting.

"But from where I sat, this wasn't something I believe that was constant. Most of the time he seemed very respectful.

"We did say to the two producers you have to make the final decision. Because I am an executive producer, but they're more hands-on. And in the end, it was their decision. Obviously, everyone had some input. The network, Fremantle, all of us."

Simon spoke to David shortly after the controversy but hopes to move on from the subject, the Mirror reported. Discussing their chat, Simon said: "We had a conversation, but he owned what he said. He wasn't proud of what he said. It's not something I would ever condone."

Bruno rounds out the panel, joining Simon, Amanda Holden, and Alesha Dixon as a new, permanent fixture.


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