Alan Carr Will Reportedly Replace David Walliams as ‘BGT’ Judge

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Alan Carr will be taking David Walliams’ place on the Britain’s Got Talent judging panel, according to a new report. Walliams was rumored to be leaving the show after derogatory comments he made went public last year.


Alan Carr Reportedly Replacing David Walliams on BGT

In November, offensive comments Walliams made about BGT contestants during filming in 2020 were made public, and rumors swirled that he would be leaving the show after 10 years. The Daily Mail reported on Tuesday that Carr is set to join the judging panel.

The show has yet to make an official announcement about the judging lineup, although filming for the new series is reported to be starting in just two weeks. Recently, Graham Norton reportedly turned down the opportunity to replace Walliams.

“Alan is hilarious but also kind. He tells a mean joke but he is also soft in the middle,” a source close to BGT reportedly told the Mail. “The bosses are already excited about how wonderful he will be with the contestants.”


The source added that Carr “will complement the panel so well too.” They pointed out that he’s good friends with Amanda Holden, and he’s known Simon Cowell and Alesha Dixon “for years.” They shared, “Everyone involved in the show is so excited and they can’t wait to get started.”

SEE ALSO: DAVID WALLIAMS PULLS OUT OF CHARITY APPEARANCE AMID RUMORS HE’S LEAVING ‘BGT’

Carr Is Good Friends with Amanda Holden

Carr is close friends with Amanda Holden, who has been a judge on Britain’s Got Talent since the first series in 2007. Recently, the two of them have appeared together in a new series called Amanda and Alan’s Italian Job, in which they renovate a house in Sicily.


According to the Daily Mail, Carr is also represented by Holden’s husband Chris Hughes through the management firm YMU. Carr is known for his presenting skills, having co-hosted the chat show Alan Carr: Chatty Man from 2009 to 2016.

Carr also has judging experience, as he’s appeared on the panel of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK since 2019, and he’s been a guest panelist on The Masked Singer UK.

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