Piers Morgan tipped to replace Simon Cowell on Britain’s Got Talent despite ‘feud’ with David Walliams
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Piers Morgan is the favourite to replace Simon Cowell on Britain’s Got Talent this year.
After experiencing a horrific accident in which he broke his back in three places, Simon Cowell will miss the finals of Britain’s Got Talent, it has been reported.
The 60 year old star broke his back after falling off an electric bike at his Malibu home, and he’s recovering in Los Angeles after the accident.
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The music mogul and dad-of-one has been present for BGT ever since it first aired in 2007, however it now seems Simon will take a backseat to recover.
An insider told the Mirror: “Flying halfway across the world is not part of the plan and he has agreed to put his health first.
“It was decided that the idea of having him judge the BGT finalists via a link was just not feasible – nor sensible.”
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And bookies believe Piers Morgan, 55, could be the famous face replacing Simon on the show, with odds of 5/4.
Britain’s Got Talent is set to return in two weeks with social distancing taking place, with judges Amanda Holden, David Walliams and Alesha Dixon still on the panel.
Other favourites to replace Simon include Cheryl Cole at 2/1, Louis Walsh at 3/1 and Holly Willoughby with odds of 9/2.
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Jessica O’Reilly of Ladbrokes said: “Piers is the perfect person to replace Simon during the remainder of Britain’s Got Talent later on this year.
“However, we can’t rule out Cheryl being lured away from the potential Strictly judging vacancy by Simon’s megabucks.”
Piers was a judge on BGT from 2007-2010 but was later replaced by David Walliams after he moved to the US.
However, there’s a known feud between the two judges with Piers even tweeting that he believed the show’s ratings had dropped when David replaced him.
“Amusing that @davidwalliams regularly ‘likes’ the nastiest tweets about me, yet is such a snivelling toady to my face,” Piers said. He continued: “It’s not my fault @BGT ratings were so much higher when I was in your chair Dave!"
David’s comedy partner Matt Lucas defended him at the time, writing back to Piers: “Purely objectively – 1) He was probably being polite. Some people are.
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“2) Boasting about the BGT ratings and popularity when you were briefly on it to someone who has not only transformed the show but is consistently the biggest-selling author in the country didn't work.”
And Piers responded by saying: “Hi Matt, I don’t think it’s ‘polite’ to be friendly to people in person but poisonous behind their back – it’s cowardly.
“As for BGT, I was very proudly on it for the first 4 years when ratings topped 20 million. They’re now half that. Not a boast, just a fact."
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