David Walliams is suing Britain’s Got Talent bosses after he was axed from ITV talent show over X-rated rant about contestant
David Walliams is suing his former bosses at Britain’s Got Talent – 10 months after he was axed as a judge.
The comedian, 52, worth around £17million, is said to be seeking significant damages following his resignation from the ITV show in November last year which saw him net £1.5million per year.
The Sun has claimed that David is battling it out with production company, Fremantle after a transcript of the comments he made was leaked.
David quit the show after a ten year stint, two weeks after he was caught calling an elderly contestant a ‘c***’ during a break in filming.
He’s off! David quit Britain’s Got Talent after 10 years on the judging panel, weeks after he apologised for making vile remarks about a contestant
He was forced to apologise for describing his words and for making vile sexual remarks about a woman taking part.
Bruno Tonioli later took over from him on the talent show.
A source told The Sun about David’s decision to leave at the time: ‘He hasn’t taken the decision lightly, but it just feels like time to move on.’
‘David has decided to bow out after a ten-year run. He wants to leave on a high after a wonderful time.
‘His team have quietly been having conversations over the past few days where it has been made clear that David is readying himself to step down – and then producers will start to think about who might replace him.
The comments, made in January 2020 during auditions at the London Palladium, were picked up on the programme’s microphones.
He’s off! The comedian (pictured in 2012) is set to leave the ITV show ahead of its 2023 series, weeks after he was forced to apologise for describing an elderly contestant as a ‘c***’
Shocking: David left BGT after he described an elderly contestant as a c*** and made vile sexual remarks about a female who was also competing on the show
In one incident, picked up on the show’s microphones, an older performer engaged in light-hearted banter with the judges in which he made a jibe about Walliams, an expose by The Guardian claimed.
After the audition, the pensioner left, after which Walliams is said to have described him as a ‘c**t’ three times.
In a separate incident, after a female contestant had walked off stage, Walliams remarked: ‘She’s like the slightly boring girl you meet in the pub that thinks you want to f*** them, but you don’t.’ He later 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 b***r, but now it’s going, it’s now shrivelled up inside my body.’