The reason why Simon Cowell unfollowed former Britain’s Got Talent judge David Walliams on social networks will surprise you

Simon Cowell has unfollowed David Walliams on social media.

The music mogul, 64, previously worked with the comedian on Britain’s Got Talent, which David left in November 2021, two weeks after he was caught calling an elderly contestant a ‘c***’ during a break in filming.

Last month David, 52, accused Fremantle, which produces the reality series for ITV, of an unlawful data protection breach after his microphone was kept on all day.

It was claimed by The Sun that Simon had described accusations that David was surreptitiously recorded as ‘plain wrong’.

However, a representative for Simon denied that he had commented on the lawsuit, clarifying that he is not a party involved in it and he is currently busy filming America’s Got Talent in the US.

Drama: Simon Cowell has unfollowed David Walliams on social media. The music mogul, 64, previously worked with the comedian on Britain's Got Talent (pictured in January 2020)

Busy: A representative for Simon clarified that he is not a party involved in David's current lawsuit against BGT bosses and he is currently busy filming America's Got Talent in the US (picture on BGT in May)

David reportedly suffered suicidal thoughts since being dropped from Britain’s Got Talent, court papers allegedly revealed.

It was revealed in September, ten months after he left his £1.5million-a-year role as a judge, that David is suing his former bosses at Britain’s Got Talent and seeking significant damages.

According to High Court court papers obtained by The Sun, David has also told how he is fighting ‘active suicidal thoughts’ and has ‘lost the ability to be funny’ due to fears about his comments being leaked without his consent.

The High Court writ reportedly sees David accuse Fremantle of recording, transcribing and retaining private conversations for ten years.

He has reportedly alleged that his microphone was kept on and recorded throughout the entire day during filming, including when he went to the toilet.

According to The Sun, his lawyers claimed in the 21-page document: ‘The Claimant (Walliams) now understands that, unknown to him at the time, his microphone was kept on and recording throughout the whole filming day, including breaks, ­during his whole tenure as a judge on the show.’

It has been alleged Fremantle produced and retained transcripts of the audio recordings, which David claims included private information with ‘no relevance to production’ – such as conversations about his marriage, sex life and family disputes.

The transcripts reportedly amounted to 1,700 hours of audio recordings across ten years, as well as 41,526 hours of visual recordings from 191 days of filming.

A copy of the transcripts was allegedly also made available to Simon Cowell’s co-producer firm Syco upon request, but a source told The Sun that none were ever requested.

‘All four judges would regularly make jokes using rude and/or sexual language: that was the culture among the judges on the show,’ his lawyers reportedly claimed.

They claimed the judges made such jokes to keep themselves amused during long days of filming and never intended for the remarks to be made public, as they were ‘private ­conversations among adult friends’.

David is reportedly seeking £1million he stood to get from Britain’s Got Talent, as well as £1.7million in lost earnings and £3.4million covering future losses for at least two years – totalling £6.1million.

But sources reportedly claimed this could rise to as much as £10million as David is said to be seeking unspecified damages for psychiatric harm, distress and upset, the loss of control over his private information, and legal costs.

David’s earnings reportedly dropped from £3.7million in 2022 to just £101,800 in the initial five months of 2023, according to the court papers seen by The Sun.

The lawsuit reportedly claims that David’s reputation and career were destroyed by the Britain’s Got Talent fallout, and tells how he has suffered from ‘severe depression including ­suicidal thoughts’.

Court case: David (pictured in 2019) reportedly suffered suicidal thoughts since being dropped from Britain's Got Talent , court papers have allegedly revealed

Consultant psychiatrist Dr Mark Collins reportedly said in a report that the leak of the transcripts has ‘had a profound, severe and, at times, very worrying effect on his mental health’, with David suffering with sleep problems and negative thoughts.

Fremantle told The Sun: ‘We had a long and productive relationship with David and so are surprised and saddened by this legal action.

‘For our part, we remain available and open to dialogue to resolve this matter amicably.

‘However, in the interim, we will examine the various allegations and are prepared to robustly defend ourselves if necessary.’

MailOnline has contacted Fremantle, Syco and Simon and David’s representatives for comment.

David, who is said to have paid a legal fee of £10,569, left Britain’s Got Talent last November, two weeks after he was caught calling an elderly contestant a ‘c***’ during a break in filming.

He was also heard disparaging a female contestant, calling her a ‘slightly boring girl you meet in the pub that thinks you want to f*** them, but you don’t’.

Comedian Clare Harrison Mccartney later claimed these comments were about her and branded David a ‘sad misogynist’, but producers denied the remarks were aimed at her.

Bruno Tonioli later took over from him as a judge on the talent show, signing a big money deal.

A source told The Sun about David’s decision to leave at the time: ‘He hasn’t taken the decision lightly, but it just feels like time to move on.’

‘David has decided to bow out after a ten-year run. He wants to leave on a high after a wonderful time.

‘His team have quietly been having conversations over the past few days where it has been made clear that David is readying himself to step down – and then producers will start to think about who might replace him.’

But court papers lodged at the High Court in London in September saw David accuse the firm of data protection breach over the leaked transcript, which prompted a swift end to ten-year-long stint as a judge on the show.

While David is not suing the programme’s boss Simon, it is understood that there is now ‘some distance’ between the two men, according to sources close to them both.

The star has hired legal company Brandsmiths, who specialise in data protection breaches.

Reports last year claimed that David quit BGT after the lewd and rude comments which he made during filming the show at the London Palladium in 2020 were exposed.

But sources at the time suggested he was actually pushed after a crisis management team was drafted in by Fremantle to manage the scandal which led to the former Little Britain comic apologising.

The comments, made in January 2020 during auditions at the London Palladium, were picked up on the programme’s microphones.

He and his lawyers argued at the time that they were private conversations that were never intended for broadcast, but two weeks later he was ousted.

Fallout: The comedian (pictured in June 2022), 52, left the ITV show in November 2021, two weeks after he was caught calling an elderly contestant a 'c***' during a break in filming

Drama: He was also heard calling a female contestant a 'slightly boring girl you meet in the pub that thinks you want to f*** them, but you don't'. Comedian Clare Harrison Mccartney (pictured in 2020) later claimed these comments were about her, but producers denied it

In one incident, an older performer engaged in light-hearted banter with the judges in which he made a jibe about Walliams, an expose by The Guardian claimed.

After the audition, the pensioner left, after which Walliams is said to have described him as a ‘c**t’ three times.

In a separate incident, after a female contestant had walked off stage, Walliams remarked: ‘She’s like the slightly boring girl you meet in the pub that thinks you want to f*** them, but you don’t.’ He later added: ‘I know, she’s just like: ‘Oh, f*** off!’ I was saying, she thinks you want to f*** her, but you don’t.

‘It’s the last thing on your mind, but she’s like: ‘Yep, I bet you do!’

‘No I don’t! I had a bit of a b***r, but now it’s going, it’s now shrivelled up inside my body.’

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