Ant and Dec's screen time cut on Britain's Got Talent

Declan Donnelly

Declan Donnelly

Declan Donnelly claims his and Anthony McPartlin's screen time as the presenters of 'Britain's Got Talent' has been cut down so that there are more shots of Simon Cowell.

Declan Donnelly claims Simon Cowell has cut his and Ant McPartlin's screen time on 'Britain's Got Talent'.

The 38-year-old presenter insists his friends and family have been complaining that he and his co-host, also 38, haven't been the focus of much screen time on the ITV talent show - which is currently in the semi-final stage - this year.

He said: "I've been away recently but I have been getting a lot of messages on Saturday from friends saying, 'Not seen you much tonight' and 'Where have you both gone?'

"I don't know why really - it's a funny one because we don't control the edit and we film so much content so sometimes you do say, 'I wish they'd used that joke.' "

The 'I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here!' host has admitted he thinks they're being edited out of the show so that Simon, 54, can include more shots of himself and his co-judges Amanda Holden, David Walliams and Alesha Dixon.

He told The Sun newspaper: "The man in charge is Simon, of course, and there's always going to be a lot of glowing shots of him looking wise and all knowing.

"There's never going to be a shortage of Simon in an episode. But of course the most important people to the show is the talent, and even if you don't see us a lot, I think the show does a good job of making them the top priority."

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