Britain’s Got Talent hosts Ant and Dec recently opened up about their experience owning a racehorse with judge Simon Cowell several years ago. They described it as “awful.”
It’s not the only revelation the pair has shared about Simon while promoting their new book Once Upon a Tyne. Read on to find out what the dynamic duo had to say about him.
Ant & Dec Owned A Racehorse With Simon Cowell
During an online interview with Dermot O’Leary, Ant and Dec talked about the time they owned a £35,000 racehorse with Simon Cowell in 2013. It apparently wasn’t even a thoroughbred.
“It was awful, it was a dreadfully slow horse. It wasn’t a racehorse it was just a horse, ’cos it didn’t race,” Dec explained, according to The Sun. “Every time we got to the BGT studio Simon would say, ‘I keep paying stable fees on this horse, but I’ve never seen it run’.”
At least they came up with a clever name for the horse. Although Simon apparently wanted to name it after himself, they eventually settled on It’s A Yes From Me, as a reference to Simon’s frequent catchphrase on talent shows.
Dec shared that he thinks the horse was eventually “rehomed.” According to a 2013 article, it wasn’t the first time Ant and Dec had owned a racehorse, although it was the first time for Simon.
The Hosts’ Relationship With Simon Over The Years
Things haven’t always been smooth sailing between Ant and Dec and Simon Cowell on Britain’s Got Talent. In their new book, the pair reveals that Simon’s tardiness has driven them “nuts.”
They were also disappointed with being edited out of the show, saying, “We began to feel that we were wasting our time doing the auditions because all the footage of the work we were doing was ending up on the cutting-room floor.”
Ant and Dec apparently thought about quitting the show back in 2012, and met with Simon over the issues. “He made a promise to us: that things would change and that we’d never feel like that again,” they wrote, adding that “he was as good as his word, things did change.”
We’re glad they seem to be getting along now. Here’s hoping they don’t buy any more racehorses together in the future.