David Walliams’ future as judge on Britain’s Got Talent is ‘very high in the air’, a spokesperson for ITV show he said.
It comes after reports The sun newspaper that the comedian will be leaving the show after 10 years as a judge, having first joined the judging panel in 2012.
Walliams recently apologized for making “disrespectful comments” about contestants during filming breaks on the popular show.
But a BGT spokesman said no final decision had been made on the 2023 judges’ lineup.
“The judging panel for Britain’s Got Talent 2023 will be announced in due course,” the spokesperson said in a statement to the PA news agency. “At the moment it is still very uncertain whether David will participate in next year’s show.
“No decision, however, has been made yet.”
Walliams was part of the show’s original judging panel alongside Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden and Alesha Dixon.
PA also understands that since the judging hearings won’t begin for another two months, no one is currently under contract to the show.
Walliams’ apology, made earlier this month, came after the comedian was recorded making derogatory remarks and sexually explicit comments about auditioning attendees for the show at the London Palladium in January 2020.
According to a leaked transcript seen by the Guardianit has been suggested that Walliams referred to an older performer as “c***” three times when out of earshot, following a botched audition.
During his audition, the contestant had engaged in light-hearted banter with the judges in which he joked about Walliams, it was reported.
The transcript also suggests that further sexually explicit comments were made after a contestant exited the stage.
In a statement, Walliams said: “I would like to apologize to the people I made disrespectful comments to during filming breaks on Britain’s Got Talent in 2020.
“These were private conversations, and like most conversations with friends, they were never meant to be shared. However, I’m sorry.
The Guardian reported that lawyers for Walliams and Thames TV, the production company behind Britain’s Got Talent, argued the comments were part of a private conversation never intended for broadcast.
In a statement, Thames TV said: ‘Although he was referring to a private conversation nearly three years ago, the language used was inappropriate.
“Even though it was private, those involved spoke out and recalled their responsibilities and expectations of the show regarding future professional conduct.”
His comments were picked up by microphones used to capture discussions between the judges, including Simon Cowell, Alesha Dixon and Amanda Holden.
In a statement, ITV he said: “We do not condone the language outlined in these allegations and have spoken to the producers of Britain’s Got Talent.
“Duty of care to all participants in any of our programs is always of paramount importance and we have protocols and guidelines in place for all of our manufacturing partners.”
The Guardian reported that Walliams’ comments were the only instances of snide remarks made about three-episode contestants that came under scrutiny.