Who shot Simon Cowell?

Who shot Simon Cowell?

Simon Cowell will get shot in a skit for the upcoming series of Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway.

Geordie duo Ant and Dec are famous for the stunts on their shows, but will really push the boat out with the new one.

According to Britain's The Sun newspaper, Simon will be seen at a birthday party with a host of his celebrity pals when a gunshot rings out, and he falls down a flight of stairs. The sketch, entitled Who Shot Simon Cowell?, plays on the famous Dallas storyline Who Shot J.R.?.

It will run over five weeks, with his famous friends including The X Factor's Louis Walsh, Caroline Flack and Olly Murs, Britain's Got Talent's Amanda Holden and Alesha Dixon, as well as former judge Piers Morgan, BGT winners Diversity and much loved act Ashley Butler and her dog Pudsey all suspects of the crime.

Simon's ex-girlfriend Sinitta and Britain's Got More Talent host Stephen Mulhern complete the line-up, with the scenes filmed at a north London mansion on Monday (01Feb16).

However, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini is notably absent from the sketch because she was in Barbados at the time of shooting due to her Girls Aloud pal Kimberley Walsh's wedding.

Dermot O'Leary also had other commitments, but it is hoped he and Cheryl will be able to film cameos for the sketch at some point in the future.

"There are a lot of stars who have had run-ins with Cowell over the years – but who would have a grudge big enough to want to shoot him?" a source told The Sun.

“That is the tantalising premise of the sketch. It was Ant and Dec’s idea and they put it to Cowell who thought it was great fun. Everyone really got into the spirit of it during filming on Monday night. There were a few notable absences such as Cheryl and Dermot but it is hoped they might be able to take part before it airs at the end of the month.”

Meanwhile, Ant and Dec have hinted that the next series of Britain's Got Talent could be their last as hosts, as their 10-year contract with ITV comes to an end.

"We're not sure, because it's the last year we're contracted for," they told Britain's Daily Mirror newspaper. "We'll have to see. It's been 10 great years. Well, nine great years - we're hoping the 10th will be just as good as the rest!"

- Cover Media