Former BGT judge Piers Morgan was apparently considered to fill in a guest judge on the show in Simon Cowell’s absence. However, current judge David Walliams was reportedly not having it.
Piers appeared on the panel for a few seasons, before leaving and being replaced by David. The pair don’t get along, and it seems that neither gentleman was thrilled at the prospect of sitting on the same panel.
Piers Morgan Considered To Replace Simon Cowell On ‘BGT’
In his weekly column for the Daily Mail, Piers Morgan shared that he was actually contacted by the show about filling in for Simon. He wrote that the vacancy was his “second thought” after hearing of Simon’s accident.
“Amusingly, I was quickly sounded out to see if I was potentially available,” Piers wrote, “but had to explain that if I was confined to the same close quarters as that insufferable twerp David Walliams, it wouldn’t end well.”
The feeling is apparently mutual, as the Daily Mail reports that David threatened to quit BGT if Piers Morgan was added as a judge. “I heard that David threw his toys out of the pram,” a source told the paper. “Imagine David and Piers sitting on either end of that judging panel – what great TV it would have been.”
Meanwhile, a spokesperson for the show told the outlet, “The decision regarding who would step in as guest judge was made solely by the producers and Simon with Ashley Banjo the top choice to take part.”
Why Are Piers And David Feuding?
Piers shared his animosity toward David last fall, after David liked a negative tweet about him. He claimed that David is “a snivelling toady to my face” even as he liked the “nastiest” tweets about him.
Piers Morgan has continued making negative comments about David over the past several months. In January, he shared that he would not be attending the National Television Awards, saying host David Walliams “makes my skin crawl.”
The Good Morning Britain host even made sure to take a dig at David in response to reports he was being considered as a guest judge. He denied they had a “rivalry,” which “would imply a modicum of professional respect.” He instead preferred the word “enmity.”