David Walliams is set to quit Britain’s Got Talents after 10 years, it has been reported. The BGT judge is going to step down ahead of its 2023 series.
It comes after he was forced to apologise for inappropriate remarks about contestants. A spokesperson for the ITV show said the comedian and actor’s role in next year’s series was not guaranteed after the incident.
Now a source told the Sun he will be leaving. They said: “He hasn’t taken the decision lightly, but it just feels like time to move on.”
Walliams is preparing to formally confirm his decision to step back in the coming weeks.
But a source close to the funnyman said: “David has decided to bow out after a ten-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.”
The source added of the star, who is also a best-selling children’s author: “He hasn’t taken the decision lightly, but it feels like time to move on and focus on his other projects.
“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.
“His exit might not be popular with fans who adore him.
“But for David it appears that now, after an amazing ten years on the show, it is the right time to move on.” Head judge Simon Cowell, 63, and panellists Amanda Holden, 51, and Alesha Dixon, 44, are expected to take their places again for the 16th series.