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Ant and Dec 'put an end to late night filming on BGT'

Simon Cowell allegedly is making it his “personal resolution” to improve timings on the talent show.

Ant and Dec reportedly can’t hack late night filming on Britain’s Got Talent so have added a new clause in their contract to ensure earlier finishes.

The Geordie duo will be back fronting the annual talent contest in the spring (17), with judging favourites Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden, David Walliams and Alesha Dixon also returning.

While the 2016 run may have been a ratings success, with viewers voting Richard Jones the first ever magician to win the show, Ant and Dec allegedly weren't happy when filming overran.

“Ant and Dec love doing the show but some of the finishes last year wore them out,” a source told The Sun.

"They work on a load of shows across the board for ITV so as part of their most recent deal they asked for a clause about late finishes. It's the least they could do as they are the golden duo of telly and are well-loved by everyone."

The source adds the two hosts have altered their lucrative ITV contract to state they cannot work past 11.30pm. Filming is said to have run into the early hours last series, leaving the talent, crew and audiences stuck in the studio.

Show boss Simon has vowed to make it his “personal resolution” to improve timings, the insider explained.

"It means Simon has had a kick up the bum too. And he's made it his personal resolution to be better with timekeeping,” they noted. "Being back on America's Got Talent made him rethink his lateness too and he's not missed a single deadline this year as a result."

Britain's Got Talent is expected to hit screens a little later this year (17), in early May instead of April, to allow for the final of The Voice, which moved from the BBC to ITV at the start of 2017.

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