David Walliams has reportedly left Britain’s Got Talent after 10 years on the jury.
The comedian is set to leave the ITV show ahead of the 2023 series, weeks after he was forced to apologize for calling an older contestant an ac*** and making vile sexual comments about a woman taking part.
A source told The Sun: “He hasn’t taken the decision lightly but it just feels like it’s time to move on.”
The show bosses are believed to be already hiring a replacement before filming begins next year.
A source added: “David has decided to retire after a 10-year career. He wants to leave after a wonderful time with a feeling of exhilaration.
“His team have been having quiet talks over the last few days which have revealed that David is preparing to step down – and then the producers will start considering who could replace him.”
MailOnline has reached out to representatives from David Walliams and BGT for comment.
It comes live on stage after fellow judge Amanda Holden publicly negotiated her contract with Simon Cowell.
The 51-year-old TV personality has been a judge on the ITV talent show for 15 years and is in talks to sign on for its 16th year.
However, Amanda chose to bring up her contractual arrangements while introducing her boss at the Variety Club Show Business Awards on Monday, when she told him, “The deal isn’t final.”
Amanda began by paying a lavish tribute to her pal, 61, before receiving the extraordinary generosity in the philanthropy gong, reports The Mirror.
But Amanda quickly put the niceties aside and then joked about her contract, telling the crowd: “I’m currently in negotiations for my 16th year with Britain’s Got Talent.”
To which the music mogul then replied, “The deal is done.”
However, Amanda was keen to play hardball out of the crowd as she then cheekily quipped, “No, it’s not. The deal is not final.’
Amanda looked sensational that night, slipping into a teal super high thigh dress with a slit for the ceremony at the London Hilton on Park Lane.
While the blonde beauty has negotiated her place on the judging panel, it appears that co-star David Walliams’ jury seat is not guaranteed.
Oti Mabuse is seen as replacing David Walliams on Britain’s Got Talent after he made vile remarks about two of the show’s contestants.
Reality program bosses have discussed how Miss Mabuse – a former professional dancer on BBC’s Strictly – would be perfect for the role.
She is currently at the center of a tug-of-war between ITV and the BBC, who both want her to star in their shows due to her overwhelming popularity.
A TV insider told The Mail on Sunday: “Oti’s name is in the frame. She is being touted as the perfect replacement for Walliams should ITV decide not to take him back.
“Several talks are taking place as negotiations are ongoing, but Oti is a clear path that many BGT stakeholders want to take. They think she’s perfect.”
Miss Mabuse, 32, made her debut as a television judge on another Simon Cowell programme, The Greatest Dancer, in 2018 and he has grown very fond of her.
After quitting Strictly last year, the South African dancer was poached by ITV to sit on the jury of her ice skating competition, Dancing On Ice. They also made her the host of their own dating show Romeo And Duet.
But the BBC then brought her back for a new quiz show, The Tower, which she recently filmed for the channel.