Alan Carr breaks silence on BGT ‘snub’ after losing out on judging role
Alan Carr has broken his silence after being 'snubbed' to appear on the Britain's Got Talent judging panel.
The 47 year old funnyman was widely rumoured to be stepping up to the panel following the departure of David Walliams, 52, in 2022.
However, it was eventually announced that former Strictly judge Bruno Tonioli, 67, would in fact be taking on the role.
Now, Alan has spoken out as he revealed he'd read in the papers that he'd got the job, to then later discover that he in fact didn't, and Bruno had it instead.
He said: “I was driving along the M25 and then it’s, ‘ping, ping, ping’ on my phone. I’m like, ‘Oh my God, someone’s died — or my sex tape has come out!’
“So I pulled over and it was messages saying I’d got the job and it was all in the papers. Then I had a meeting with them and they said, ‘Oh yeah . . .’ and they said I’d find out.”
Alan said: “I don’t really know what went on. It was that awful thing of people saying I was devastated. I was on the set of my sitcom, which I wrote and I’m producing, so I was not devastated about not being on BGT."
He said that friends accused him of not telling them what was going on with BGT, but he said 'I was never told'.
Alan then faced a very awkward moment when he ran into BGT boss Simon Cowell at a party thrown by Amanda Holden.
Rather than shy away from the situation, Alan marched over to Simon and decided to use humour as a way to break the ice, telling the music mogul that his "wrist has been hurting" whilst he's been pretending to press the buzzer, but that Simon "went for Bruno".
According to Alan, Simon responded nonchalantly, as he told Alan "that's showbusiness".
Despite Alan accepting that he was not going to star on Britain's Got Talent, he did say that he was "sad" to not be working with best pal Amanda Holden.
Alan is now living life as a single man after splitting from partner of 13 years and husband of three, Paul Drayton.
When the pair announced their split they released a statement that said: "After 13 years as a couple and three years of marriage, Alan Carr and Paul Drayton would like to announce they are separating.
"They have jointly and amicably made the difficult decision to divorce and go their separate ways. We request that their privacy is respected at this sensitive time."
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