David Walliams’ future as a judge on Britain’s Got Talent is “very much up in the air”, a spokesman for the ITV tone said.
It comes after notifications come in The sun newspaper that the comedian will be leaving the show after 10 years as a judge, having first joined the panel in 2012.
Walliams recently apologized for making “disrespectful comments” about contestants during breaks in filming the popular show.
But a spokesperson for BGT said a final decision had not yet been made on the jury roster for 2023.
“The jury for Britain’s Got Talent 2023 will be announced in due course,” the spokesperson said in a statement to PA news agency. “It is currently very much up in the air whether David will participate in next year’s show.
“However, no decision has been made yet.”
Walliams was part of the show’s original judging panel along with Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden and Alesha Dixon.
PA also understands that since jury auditions don’t begin for another two months, no one is currently contracted to the show.
Walliams’ apology, made earlier this month, came after the comedian was reportedly recorded making derogatory comments and sexually explicit remarks about contestants auditioning for the show at the London Palladium in January 2020.
According to a leaked transcript seen by the guardit was suggested that Walliams referred to an older performer as a “c***” three times when he was out of earshot, after a botched audition.
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During his audition, the contestant had flippantly chatted with the judges in which he made a joke about Walliams, it has been reported.
The transcript also suggests further sexually explicit remarks were made after a female contestant left the stage.
In a statement, Walliams said: “I want to apologize to the people I made disrespectful comments about during film breaks for Britain’s Got Talent in 2020.
“These were private conversations and – like most conversations with friends – were never meant to be shared. Still, I’m sorry.”
The protector reported that lawyers for Walliams and Thames TV, the production company behind Britain’s Got Talent, claimed the comments were part of a private conversation that was never meant to be broadcast.
In a statement, Thames TV said: “Although it related to a private conversation nearly three years ago, the language used was inappropriate.
“Although it was private, those involved have been spoken to and reminded of their responsibilities and the show’s expectations regarding future professional conduct.”
His comments were picked up by microphones used to record discussions between the judges, including Simon Cowell, Alesha Dixon and Amanda Holden.
In a statement, ITV said: “We do not condone the language outlined in these allegations, and we have spoken to the producers of Britain’s Got Talent.
“Duty of care towards all participants in all our programs is always of paramount importance and we have established protocols and guidelines for all our manufacturing partners.”
The Guardian reported that Walliams’s comments were the only instances of derogatory remarks about contestants from three episodes to be reviewed.