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Laura Whitmore and Niall Horan tipped to replace David Walliams on Britain’s Got Talent

He had a ten-year run on the talent show and betters are already anticipating who should take his place.

(left to right) Judges David Walliams, Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden and Alesha Dixon arrive for Britain's Got Talent auditions held at The London Palladium, Soho in London. Picture date: Tuesday January 18, 2022.© PA

Maeve McTaggartSunday World

The bets are on for David Walliams’ replacement as a judge on Britain’s Got Talent, with Irish stars Laura Whitmore and Niall Horan in the running.

The star has not yet announced his departure though after rumours of his use of derogatory comments made waves, punters believe his exit is imminent.

The comedian is under fire for allegedly describing an elderly contestant as a “c***” and making sexual remarks against another hopeful.

Walliams has since apologised for the comments made during breaks in filming.

He had a ten-year run on the talent show and betters are already anticipating who should take his place.

Early favourite Iain Sterling is tipped to take on the task at 4/1 odds, with his wife Laura Whitmore sitting at 8/1.

One Direction star Niall Horan is chalked up at 12/1 while other Irish stars like Ronan Keating is at 14/1 and Maura Higgins is a distant 20/1.

“Irish talent continues to shine in the UK with rumours swirling around that some leading Irish stars may take David Walliams’ seat on the iconic BGT judging panel,” said Nicola McGeady of Ladbrokes.

"Laura Whitmore or Ronan Keating could add some Irish charm to the show but it is early days and who knows what could happen in the unpredictable world of BGT.”

Comedians Mo Gilligan, Axel Blake and Joe Lycett are sitting high on the rankings to take over from funny man Walliams.

All are pegged at 6/1 odds.

Matt Hancock is a far-out guess at 50/1 odds, sitting at the bottom of the betting table with Piers Morgan at 33/1 and Niall Horan’s bandmate Liam Payne at 25/1.

It is unclear whether David Walliams will return for the next series of the show or whether one of his expected replacements will get the gig.

"It's still very much up in the air at the moment on whether David is going to take part in next year's show. No decision, though, has been made as yet,” a source told MailOnline.

Head judge and brains behind BGT and The X-Factor Simon Cowell also failed to confirm Walliams’ return.

In a conversation with the Daily Star, the music mogul said:

"For me the most important thing is the talent. It’s always about that. If you don’t have great talent, you don’t have a show. That’s all I care about.”

Walliams apologised profusely in the aftermath of the allegations.

"I would like to apologise to the people I made disrespectful comments about during breaks in filming,” he said.

"These were private conversations and - like most conversations with friends - were never intended to be shared.

"Nevertheless, I am sorry."

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