Britain's Got Talent's Simon Cowell in censorship row after having upsetting gag cut from show

SIMON Cowell has laughed off jokes about his height, weight and even his near-fatal bike crash on Britain’s Got Talent – but it turns out poking fun at his age is off limits.

I can reveal a gag made by fellow judge David Walliams was cut from the final edit of Saturday night’s show.

He asked the episode’s Golden Buzzer act – youth dance act Born to Perform – whether Simon resembled one of their grandads.

But the cheeky jibe, made during the audition rounds in January, never aired. David said: “Are you a fan of Simon Cowell? Does he look like your grandad?”

Usually Simon takes David’s humour in good spirits, but clearly the age gag struck a nerve.

A TV source said: “David’s comment got a laugh from the audience at the time and Simon didn’t appear to take offence.


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“It’s odd the joke was taken out of the final cut as David has made far cheekier gags about Simon and they’ve stayed in.”

During the ITV show’s 2020 Christmas special, David used a Simon puppet to mock the bike crash which broke his back.

Clutching the puppet, he said: “Little Simon, be careful on your electric bike,” before placing the doll on a tiny bike and riding it off the stage.

Last May, David claims to have mistaken Simon for a Jawa after he took off his heeled boots at an airport and also joked the music mogul’s weight loss was due to a gastric band.

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Funnyman David pressed the Golden Buzzer on Saturday, awarding the young disabled/SEN/Down Syndrome dance act a place in the live shows.

He told them: “We do have a lot of dance groups who come on here who take themselves so seriously and afterwards I am depressed.
“You were so brilliant and I know how much it meant to you.”


SEWING Bee judge Esme Young has revealed her morbid hobby – collecting skeletons.
The BBC star admits she’s particularly fond of animal skulls.

In her new autobiography Behind The Seams, she said: “If I find one, I boil it to disinfect it, wrap it up and bring it home with me.

“A chef gave me a boar’s head and I have a ram’s head, a sheep’s head and a snake’s backbone on my shelf.

“I really like how they look and am fascinated by structure. I draw them too.”

Begs the question, does she knit them hats?

The Great British Sewing Bee is back on BBC One on April 27.

A Little help for planet

RALF LITTLE knows all about toxic fumes having shared a living room with comedy slob Jim Royle.

And now The Royle Family star is trying to help with a different kind of air pollution by planning an eco-friendly house which creates its own energy.

The actor, who played Anthony in the cult BBC sitcom, is a climate change campaigner and wants to set an example.

Ralf said: “One of the things I’ve been thinking about is building a house that is not off-grid exactly, but is self-sufficient.”

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Death In Paradise star Ralf revealed he gets stick on social media for airing his views on climate change thanks to his regular flights to the Caribbean for the BBC One crime drama.

Explaining to the Through The Decades podcast, he added: “It’s tricky to put your head above the parapet and for people to go, ‘You’re hypocritical, because…’ Or, ‘Don’t you fly to the Caribbean for work?’ I carbon off-set every flight that I take. It would be better not to fly but I still live in the society in which we are all trapped in that system.”

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