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Piers Morgan claims Britain's Got Talent 'begged him to replace Simon Cowell'

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Piers Morgan has claimed he was asked to stand in for Simon Cowell on Britain's Got Talent this year.

Piers was previously a judge on the show from its first series up until 2010 as well as appearing on the American version.

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In a new interview this week, he says BGT producers asked him "several times" to sit in for Simon on the most recent series due to the music mogul's back injury.

He told OK! magazine: "I was approached several times to go back to Britain's Got Talent when Simon Cowell got injured.

"That would have been quite fun, but I'd rather do it with him."

Piers added: "He and I had a great chemistry and it would have been quite a fun one to go back in and have a laugh with Simon, but he'd have to be involved."

Former Britain's Got Talent winner Ashley Banjo from Diversity ultimately stepped in after Simon suffered a back injury in America.

The comments follow claims that producers are keen to entice Piers back to the panel, possibly in place of David Walliams who joined the show in 2012.

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The Sun newspaper reported that current contracts mean that the potential switch won't take place until 2022.

"Britain’s Got Talent is one of the few Saturday night shows which continues to shine and stay relevant," a source told the tabloid. “But all shows need refreshing, and Piers will certainly do that. He has been approached by two senior execs and, for his part, has said he would do it if the terms are right.

“He will give the show back its edge and provide those brilliant water cooler moments. He will revitalise the series.”

However a spokesperson for the show insisted: "Unsurprisingly, during these times, it won’t come as a shock to the public to hear that no such discussions have taken place regarding BGT 2022."

Meanwhile, Piers responded to the rumours by telling the Radio Times: "I had a wonderful time on BGT, when ratings were 20 million viewers. And it would be fun getting back with the old band."

Piers previously said he would be up for a return to BGT - if the money was right.

He said in 2018: "I don't think Simon Cowell could afford me. When I was a judge the ratings were 20 million, and they're half that now. I'm doing the maths and it doesn't look good for Simon! I'd be the new head judge if the money was right. If Simon made me an offer I couldn't refuse I would."

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For now, the Britain's Got Talent panel is made up of David, Alesha Dixon and Amanda Holden, who has appeared on the show since the first series.

Britain's Got Talent will be back for what will be its fifteenth series in 2021.