Piers Morgan has accused actor and fellow TV presenter David Walliams of being a “treacherous piece of work”, and claimed he is the reason Morgan turned down an offer to return to Britain’s Got Talent.
Morgan claimed that he refused and will continue to do so for as long as Walliams is on the judging panel.
“I do have conversations with BGT every now and again, particularly after Simon had his injury,” he said.
“But I couldn’t work with Walliams. I think he is a duplicitous, treacherous, piece of work.”
Morgan continued: “He is one of those people who says one thing to your face and then sticks it to you behind your back. If he was sitting there I wouldn’t be interested. But if he wasn’t sitting there, who knows?”
Morgan was one of the original BGT judges when the show launched in 2007.
He joked that he would be tempted to return if he was allowed to be the one who fires Walliams.
“I will come back to BGT if the money is right and if they guarantee Walliams gets fired. I might even make it a contractual clause that I get to be the one who tells him he is fired,” he said.
“If I was him I would stick to writing his children’s books.”
The Independent has contacted Walliams’s representative for comment.