Why Ant & Dec Threatened To QUIT ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ Because Of Simon Cowell

Pablo Urdiales Antelo | Talent Recap

BGT hosting duo, Ant & Dec have revealed a riff the two of them had with the executive producer of Britain’s Got Talent, Simon Cowell. In an extract in their new book, Once Upon A Tyne, the presenters said they were unhappy with the way they were often edited out of the final cut.

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Ant & Dec threatened to QUIT ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ after being edited out of the show

Presenting duo, Ant & Dec have been favorites on ‘Britain’s Got Talent‘ ever since it began fourteen seasons ago. The two have revealed in a recent extract of their new book however, that behind the scenes, not all was as it seemed.

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Ant & Dec told readers that they were angered by the decision made by producers to feature less of the hosts on the show. The two also spoke on how Simon Cowell’s late arrival to auditions drove them ‘nuts’.

Pablo Urdiales Antelo | Talent Recap Pictured above: Ant & Dec say in their new book that Simon Cowell’s punctuality was a real issue for them on set of ‘Britain’s Got Talent’

“A couple of hours after we arrive at the theatre, we focus on one of the key elements of any BGT audition day: waiting for Simon Cowell to turn up. Once we’ve got started on that, we’ll often film interviews with some of that day’s acts, then have a bit of food, then get back to waiting for Simon,” the two wrote.

“We found that when the show went out on TV, we hardly seemed to feature in it at all,” they continued when speaking on being edited out of the show.

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“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.”

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Pictured above: “We began to feel that we were wasting our time doing the auditions,” say Ant & Dec in their new book on filming for Britain’s Got Talent

The hosts mentioned that they did organize a meeting in Los Angeles with Cowell, discussing their concerns with their place on the show. “The ITV bosses told Simon about the conversation we’d had with them and he asked to meet. We agreed to catch up with him in LA to talk about it,” the two admitted after having serious thoughts about quitting in 2012.

“The three of us went to a restaurant in West Hollywood called Ceconni’s and we sat outside, partly so we could soak up the glorious Californian sunshine, but mainly so Simon could smoke.”

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Pictured above: Ant & Dec set up a meeting with the show’s boss, Simon Cowell here at Ceconni’s, West Hollywood

“He made a promise to us: that things would change and that we’d never feel like that again,” wrote Dec.

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“He desperately wanted us to stay and we told him we’d do the next series and see how it went — and, to be fair to him, he was as good as his word, things did change.”

All these years later, Ant & Dec continue to host the show and they will return this Sunday on ITV for a pre-recorded episode of ‘BGT: The Finalists‘.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Pablo Urdiales Antelo
Pablo Urdiales Antelo

Pablo Urdiales Antelo is a writer at Talent Recap, covering 'Got Talent', 'The X Factor', and other worldwide talent shows. Occasionally writing pop culture content, he's quick to form opinions on celebrity controversies and political revelations. He lives in London, United Kingdom.

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