David Walliams close to signing BGT deal
- Bang Showbiz
- 22 December 2011
David Walliams is close to signing a contract to sit on the judging panel of 'Britain's Got Talent', alongside Amanda Holden
David Walliams is close to signing a contract for 'Britain's Got Talent'.
The 'Little Britain' funnyman is set to sign on as a panellist on the ITV1 talent series in a deal estimated to be worth around £300,000, with show boss Simon Cowell also rumoured to return alongside current judge Amanda Holden.
An insider said: "Walliams is a great name to have on board and Cowell coming back is something viewers have demanded.
"Bosses are thrilled with this line-up and feel it will bring back the spark some felt was missing."
Meanwhile, when Amanda Holden - who is currently pregnant with her second child - goes on maternity leave, she is expected to be replaced by former 'EastEnders' actress Samantha Womack.
The source added to The Sun newspaper: "Amanda is a much loved stalwart of the show and bosses really hope to have Samantha on board as well."
The last series of 'BGT' saw Amanda, Michael McIntyre and David Hasslehoff sit on the judging panel, but the comedian left to concentrate on his upcoming tour, while the former 'Baywatch' star was axed from the show.
David recenly said: "I have nothing but fond feelings for Simon Cowell and the team. But it's a hell of a job. During those audition rounds you're working 10am to 10pm.
"You're in the car, travelling all over Britain, watching 80 acts a day and people whistling through their nose. Don't get me wrong, I loved every minute, but after a while you feel like you're going crazy.
"I kind of beat them to the punch in the end. Although I was being told, 'We love you, we want you back,' they left it so late until they confirmed it that I'd booked other work."