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Walliams offered role as BGT judge

David Walliams has been offered the role of judge on the next series of Britain's Got Talent.

The Little Britain star, 39, was approached by ITV to fill one of the vacancies after Simon Cowell announced that he was quitting the audition stage of the show to focus on the US version of The X Factor and Piers Morgan landed a deal to replace Larry King in the US.

A friend said that the comic, who married supermodel Lara Stone in May, had not yet signed a contract for the next series. The friend said: "He is a huge fan of the show but he's not committed to it yet."

Comic Paul O'Grady has been linked with filling one of the judges' places, next to Amanda Holden who is expected to return in the role.

O'Grady said recently: "I have not been formally approached, but I would consider it. I think that show needs something now."

A source told The Sun that Walliams had been offered £500,000 to be a judge, but added: "David's unsure about being on the panel with another comedian.

"He wouldn't want to be in a battle for the limelight with another quick-fire joker."

Meanwhile, X Factor favourite Matt Cardle has suggested that contestants on the show with real talent are "expendable" - to make way for those who make good television.

The 27-year-old suggested that X Factor boss Simon Cowell had only voted to keep Katie Waissel in on Sunday night because she gets the show lots of "attention".

He told the Daily Mirror that he was "shocked and devastated" that his friend Aiden Grimshaw was booted out after the judges went to deadlock and the result was based on the public vote, saying it was "like losing a brother".

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