Simon Cowell is being slammed by Britain’s Got Talent viewers over an ‘inappropriate’ comment he made about The Queen.
The BGT judge remarked on June 5 that the 96-year-old may not be at the Royal Variety Performance when the programme’s winner performs.
Chatting to contestant and comedian Ben Nickless, Cowell said: “Ben, thank you for reminding us what… I know the money is important and the bragging rights of winning are important, but actually this year more than any – anyone who gets the chance to perform… Please God, it is The Queen… It’s going to be a huge big deal.”
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Although the 62-year-old may have been referring to the fact that The Queen hasn’t attended the event since 2012, some viewers believe he was implying that the Royal is ‘on her way out’.
Over on Twitter, one commented: “The awkward silence after Simon basically implied The Queen is on her way out… Yeah, that went down like a lead balloon.”
“Cowell just implied [that] The Queen might be dead before the Royal Variety Show,” another added.
“Laughing my a** off. Simon [is] delusional. Saying, ‘Please God, it is The Queen’ they’re performing for?” a third tweeted. “She hasn’t attended the Royal Variety Show for years now. It will likely be Charles and Camilla, it was Will and Kate last year and they alternate between them since Queen stopped.”
The ‘uncomfortable’ comment was made after comedian Axel Blake was crowned Britain’s Got Talent winner of 2022.
After the announcement was made, the funnyman, from west London, said that winning the show and a cash prize of £250,000 meant ‘the world’.
Blake said: “Words can’t even explain. I am shaking. Thank you everyone for voting for me. It means the world to me.”
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