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Simon Cowell loves winding up BGT hosts Ant and Dec

Simon Cowell loves winding up Britain's Got Talent hosts Ant and Dec by holding up filming, despite the Geordie duo's midnight cut-off time.

Simon Cowell deliberately takes his time on Britain's Got Talent (BGT) to wind up hosts Ant and Dec with a late filming finish.

The Geordie duo had reportedly requested a midnight cut-off time for filming, after complaining that Simon's late arrival to start shooting led to incredibly late finishes.

However, Simon has admitted that while he knows Ant and Dec struggle with the late nights when they have other filming opportunities in the mornings, he often delays things just to aggravate the pair.

"There is a side to them people don’t see, where they are very naughty," Simon told the Daily Mirror newspaper.

"I work late, they’re used to working early, so sometimes we don’t finish until 1am and I am watching them in the wings. They are banging their heads against a wall going, ‘Get us out of here, Simon.’ So I deliberately slow things down and ask very slow questions to wind them up.

"But what they are is very loyal and the hardest working people I have ever seen. Whenever an act is there, they are on the ball. That’s part of their success and their charm."

The new series of Britain's Got Talent kicks off on Saturday (09Apr16) on ITV at 7pm. Simon reunites with fellow judges David Walliams, Amanda Holden and Alesha Dixon on the panel for the show, but David admits Simon is back to being "mean and cutting" with his comments on the acts.

"The brilliant thing about Simon is he always speaks his mind but sometimes it’s awkward," David said. "He’s saying what you would like to say but are too polite to say."

Meanwhile, despite the panel constantly changing on Simon's other show, The X Factor, the music mogul insists he is happy with the line-up for BGT.

And he joked that even if he were to axe Amanda from the programme, she wouldn't accept the firing.

"Even if we were to say, ‘You’re not on the show’, she would still turn up," he laughed. "So I think we are stuck with her until the show ends. Right until that point she will still be sitting in that chair!"

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