Walliams is expected to formally confirm the news in the coming weeks
David Walliams has reportedly quit Britain’s Got Talent after offensive comments he made on the show were leaked.
Transcripts from 2020, revealed earlier this month, that the judge had called a pensioner a ‘c***’ during filming for BGT and told another contestant: “She thinks you want to f**k her, but you don’t.”
The 51-year-old, who has been a judge on the ITV talent show since 2012 – apologised for making “disrespectful comments” but reports on Friday suggested he had not chosen to leave the programme.
A source told The Sun that Walliams had decided to quit in a decision he did not take “lightly”. He is said to be preparing to formally confirm the decision in the coming weeks.
“David has decided to bow out after a ten-year run. He wants to leave on a high after a wonderful time,” an insider told The Sun.
“Being on the show has been a huge source of entertainment and joy for him and he is arguably the most popular member of the panel.”
The source added: “David has decided to bow out after a ten-year run. He wants to leave on a high after a wonderful time.”
A BGT spokesperson told The Mirror: “The judging panel for 2023 will be announced in due course.” It is said that he will be focusing on his other projects and producers are considering who will be replacing him.
Walliams’ co-stars, Amanda Holden, Alesha Dixon, and Simon Cowell, are all expected to return to the show.
Cowell refused to confirm Walliams would be returning to the show earlier this month.