David Walliams settles legal battle with Britain’s Got Talent bosses

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David Walliams and the production company Fremantle have reached a settlement, with the firm saying it is “sincerely sorry that his private conversations when a judge on Britain’s Got Talent were published”.

A Fremantle spokesperson said this afternoon (November 27): “We are pleased that we have achieved an amicable resolution of this dispute with David.

“We are sincerely sorry that his private conversations when a judge on Britain’s Got Talent were published, and the great distress this caused David.

“We have reviewed our production practices on the show to ensure they fully respect the expectations of our talent whilst satisfying the requirements of the show.”

The apology comes after remarks the comic made on Britain’s Got Talent were leaked to the media.

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The production company continued: “We have enjoyed a great relationship with David over many years.

“We thank David for being an important part of the Britain’s Got Talent family and the enduring success of the show and hope to have opportunities to work with him in the future.”

David appeared on the ITV show between 2012 and 2022 and he was suing Fremantle for misuse of private information and for breaching UK General Data Protection Regulation.

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He accused the company causing him psychiatric harm and financial loss, High Court documents released last month revealed.

David stepped down from the judging panel last year and apologised for making “disrespectful comments” about contestants in January 2020 at the London Palladium.

The comments he made about audition contestants were leaked to The Guardian.

David was replaced by former Strictly Come Dancing judge Bruno Tonioli after his £1million contract offer was withdrawn.

He claimed the fallout destroyed his “reputation and career” as both a comedian and a children’s author.

According to reports, his earnings dropped from £3.7million in 2022 to £101,800 in the first five months of 2023.

Britain’s Got Talent will return to ITV later this year on a date yet to be announced.

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