The comedian, 52, decided to leave the ITV talent show after he was forced to apologise for describing an elderly contestant as a ‘c***’ in 2022.
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’.
Walliams is now suing his former bosses at Britain’s Got Talent and has reportedly accused London-based Fremantle, which produces the reality series, of an unlawful data protection breach.
According to High Court documents seen by The Guardian, Walliams’s lawyers state that Fremantle was ‘fully aware of the allegations’ when Walliams was offered a £1million contract to appear in the 2023 season.
Walliams is suing his former bosses at Britain’s Got Talent and has reportedly accused London-based Fremantle, which produces the reality series, of an unlawful data protection breach
His legal team also claim that the offer was only withdrawn after the Guardian published a story about the comments last year.
A source at Fremantle told The Guardian that the show’s judges were aware their conversations were being recorded, adding: ‘It seems somewhat bizarre, as it was widely reported in 2018 that all the comments judges made at the desk were going to be recorded, even when they weren’t speaking to contestants.’
Court documents seen by The Sun have apparently revealed the impact the row has had on Walliam’s mental health as he left the judging panel after a ten-year stint.
His psychiatrist Dr Mark Collins wrote in the documents that the TV star suffered from suicidal thoughts and they also show he was suffering a mental breakdown, the newspaper claimed.
The documents are alleged to read: ‘He is plagued by uncontrollable negative thoughts, including active suicidal thoughts.’
David Walliams (pictured: left), 52, decided to leave the ITV talent show after he was forced to apologise for describing an elderly contestant as a ‘c***’ in 2022
A source at Fremantle told The Guardian that the show’s judges were aware their conversations were being recorded
The newspaper also revealed that Walliams was taking medication for depression, anxiety and insomnia.
In the High Court writ Walliams reportedly accuses Fremantle of recording, transcribing and retaining private conversations for ten years. He is said to have alleged that his microphone was kept on throughout the entire day during filming, including when he went to the toilet.
It has been alleged Fremantle produced and retained transcripts of the recordings, which he 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 recordings across ten years, as well as 41,526 hours of visual recordings from 191 days of filming.
Fremantle told The Sun: ‘We had a long and productive relationship with David and so are surprised and saddened by this legal action. 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.’