The BGT judge is reportedly stepping down from his role on the ITV show just weeks after foul-mouthed comments about former contestants emerged. David Walliams has been an ever-present on the judging panel for 10 years and starred in BGT alongside Simon Cowell, Alesha Dixon and Amanda Holden earlier this year.
News of David’s BGT exit was first reported by The Sun, with a source saying: “He hasn’t taken the decision lightly, but it just feels like time to move on.”
The source, who was described as being close to the actor, author and talent show judge, added: “David has decided to bow out after a 10-year run. He wants to leave on a high after a wonderful time.
“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.
“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.
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“His exit might not be popular with fans who adore him,” the source added.
However, a source appeared to dampen initial reports as they told Express.co.uk: “It’s still very much up in the air at the moment on whether David is going to take part in next year’s show. No decision, though, has been made as yet.”
A Britain’s Got Talent spokesperson added: “The judging panel for Britain’s Got Talent 2023 will be announced in due course.”
David’s reported exit from BGT comes just weeks after he issued a public apology for comments he made about previous contestants.
However, the publication states Simon, Amanda and Alesha are all still expected to return for the next series.
Reports of David’s possible exit have been met with a mixed reception from BGT fans online.
Reacting to the Twitter account @SuperTV247 which shared the reports, Twitter user @mishybabez_ replied: “Noooo heart my fave judge,” followed by crying emojis.
While @gwsconfetti also seemed to be disappointed by the reports, adding: “Nononononononoooooo.”
Others, however, were quick to tip possible replacements, with Brad saying: “Get Ashley Banjo on there.”
While Bobby Brown opted for This Morning’s Alison Hammond as a possible replacement: “@AlisonHammond replacement please.”
This was echoed by another BGT fan, @armanxh1, who concurred: “@AlisonHammond better replace him.” (sic)