'Simon is the king… and I'm the court jester,' says David Walliams as he admits BGT bosses asked him not to joke about Cowell
18:57 GMT, 28 March 2012
If you're going to sign up funnyman David Walliams to appear on a live show, you've got to expect that anything could happen.
But the comedian has now revealed the bosses at Britain's Got Talent tried to stop him from making innuendos and gags about fellow judge Simon Cowell.
Although the Little Britain star has refused to censor his antics and launched straight into poking fun at the music mogul from the first day of filming.
'Court jester': David Walliams has revealed Britain's Got Talent bosses
tried to censor his jokes about Simon Cowell… but he refused
He opened up for an exclusive interview with Harper's Bazaar's UK, as he revealed chiefs tried to censor him.
He told the publication: 'Simon is the king and I’m the court jester. I asked the producers, ‘Can I make jokes about Simon About him being camp About being friends with Sinitta About his hair’ And they said, ‘No, no, no.’
'The first act came on and said, ‘My dream is to perform in front of the Queen,’ and I said, ‘Well, he’s right here — go ahead'.'
Opening up: New judge Walliams has been a hit with BGT viewers thanks to his candid comments and innuendos targeted at Cowell
Close shave: It seems Cowell will not escape the quick wit of his fellow judge
And the 40-year-old, whose antics made him a hit with audiences after the series debut at the weekend, admitted he's found it difficult to behave himself on the panel.
He added: 'The innuendo-meter is definitely a problem. I’m going to have to have a second’s delay in my brain.'
Line-up: Walliams has joined other newcomer Alesha Dixon, as well as Amanda Holden and Cowell on the new look panel, which debuted last week
Walliams is a new addition to the judging line-up for this year's show, joining regular Amanda Holden, Cowell, who has returned after a year's break, and fellow new panelist Alesha Dixon.
And he has already won over viewers, who took to Twitter after Saturday's show to praise the star.
One wrote: 'I am a little bit in love with David Walliams…he's hilarious.'
Gagged: Simon and David appeared on The Jonathan Ross Show last week, where they joked around together
But while he looks set to become a favourite on the programme, David has admitted that such hysteria during a show like BGT can set him into manic depression afterwards.
'For me there’s a kind of manic depression that happens where there’s been a manic phase of creativity or performing,' he said.
'I mean, even just being in front of the audience of Britain’s Got Talent, I do have this manic energy, and that has to be counter-balanced with something…That’s just the way things are.'
Supermodel wife: David also spoke about wife Lara Stone to Harper's Bazaar UK, insisting he's not worried about her photo shoots with male models
Walliams rose to fame appearing in sketch show Little Britain alongside Matt Lucas.
Walliams' shoot and the full interview appears inside the May issue of Harper's Bazaar UK
He also became affiliated as a ladies'
man, dating a string of famous women, but he has since settled down with
supermodel Lara Stone.
But David is adamant he doesn't worry when the blonde beauty has to go on photoshoots with attractive male models.
He added to the magazine: 'Lara always calls them ‘boys’, and she says they’re always eating protein shakes and doing press-ups and sit-ups between shots. I mean, they’re incredible specimens, aren’t they
'But have they swum 140 miles of the Thames No. Have they ever dressed as a naked black woman on television No.'
David posed for a number of striking images to go alongside his candid chat, as he himself appeared with a scantily clad model.
Walliams sat on a barber's chair in his dapper suit as the brunette beside him shaved his beard and even climbed on top of him at one point.
But he got his own back by also sitting on top of the model for one of the images.
And in another he joked around as he pretended to shave the model's legs, showing off his funny side yet again.
The full David Walliams feature appears in the May issue of Harper’s Bazaar UK, on sale Monday 2nd April.