Britain’s Got Talent’s Jimmy Tamley claims show producers ‘threw him under the bus’ as he brands Simon Cowell an idiot’ after he stormed off stage during ventriloquist act

BRITAIN’S Got Talent reject Jimmy Tamley has claimed the show’s producers “threw him under the bus” when his act didn’t go to plan.

The ventriloquist branded Simon Cowell an “idot” for storming off stage during his performance on Thursday’s live semi final.

Simon Cowell was used as part of the ventriloquist’s act

The music mogul was pulled up with David Walliams for the skit but he was booed by the audience when he stormed off the stage.

However it later emerged the head judge had left due to an “old skiing injury” and couldn’t take part.

In a lengthy rant on Facebook, Jimmy wrote: “I WAS THROWN UNDER THE BUS BY BGT PRODUCERS..

“I honestly wasn’t expecting the fiasco that unfolded on Thursday night. Just want to tell events from my perspective…when I was invited to enter BGT series 13, I was under no illusion that curve balls potentially would be coming my way, having had previous experience of this with bgt.

Simon found it very awkward

“My BGT series 13 journey started during the last couple of months of 2018.

“I was contacted by several researchers encouraging me to apply to audition for the series. I submitted several ideas involving a puppet and a couple of audience members.

“This was approved of, so I subsequently commissioned the puppet to be made.

“Two days before the audition in February 2019, curve ball number one came, where I was asked was there a possibility instead of using the puppet to prepare a routine with 2 masks.

Simon initially went along with the act
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“At midday on the day of the audition it was confirmed that I was going to be doing a mask routine and was going to be able to use David and Amanda, which as you know was a great success and got me 4 yeses and some great feedback and comments from the judges.”

He continued: “I proposed an idea of Simon with mask on, just standing still and assuming the role of a ventriloquist and David as the dummy, but both with my masks on to make it really funny. They liked the idea and my script was approved.

“After a meeting a few weeks later with BGT’s own brilliant comedy scriptwriter, he suggested making Simon the dummy and David the ventriloquist, and putting in a Cancan dance.

“I loved what we wrote together, although I thought at the time, I’d be surprised if it got approval, but he knew the producers and it was indeed approved.

Jimmy Tamley has lashed out at BGT bosses
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“From this point onwards to the semi final, all the producers and top executives knew and approved what I was going to do. They even SOURCED the Cancan music to use on the show.

“On Thursday, the day of my show, I asked the producers if the judges would be attending the dress rehearsal and was told that they wouldn’t.

“I then asked if Simon Cowell knew he was going to be used in my participation act and have a mask put on his face, again they said no, he didn’t know, but he had told them, and the criteria they worked on, was that he, ‘liked surprises’.

“This threw me a bit, as he is the top executive producer, and surely would have asked the question, ‘Who is Jimmy going to be using today?’

The ventriloquest claims he was ‘thrown under the bus’ by bosses
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“I, maybe naively, had assumed he’d been consulted on this. By now, the day was in full swing, and I was caught up in the pressure all the acts have, of going on live television in front of a highly cranked up audience.

“I concentrated on my lines which were NOT ROAD TESTED, and contrived to be used once and once only. I had to trust my immediate producers, in that he’d go along with it.

“You could see on TV that Simon was coerced up onstage by David and was reluctant to sit on the stool and have a mask put on his face.

“In the next 30 minutes after my performance, I was livid at the producers, and told them in no uncertain terms I wanted to leave, and would not go on for the results bit, despite people voting for me.

Boss Simon apparently stormed off because an old skiing injury meant he couldn’t dance
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“They were very sympathetic saying, Simon was an idiot and that I’d come good from all this.

“They even brought along their psychologist to check I was ok. In the end I asked Rachel and my 5 kids what to do, and that I was ready to go home. They all agreed I should smile and go on which I did. I knew I’d be voted off but I went through the vote off part of the show. In retrospect I wish I hadn’t.”

During the semi-final act the judge was renamed ‘Snuggly Simon’ and looked very unhappy as he was propped on a stool and forced to play a ventriloquist’s doll.

He played along but the final straw came when Jimmy asked him to perform a can-can dance and Simon stormed off stage.

The music mogul then threatened to kill the producers responsible
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But a source told The Sun Online that Simon took it all in jest and only left the stage because an old skiing injury meant he couldn’t dance.

“Simon is absolutely fine. He’s been laughing about it during the ad break,” the source said.

“There’s been lots of laughter in the dressing room, with a few production members jokingly acting with their tails between their legs! But Simon saw the funny side.

“It turns out the reason Simon left the stage was due to an old skiing injury.

“Jimmy grabbed hold of Simon’s knee but, understandably, won’t have realised about Simon’s old injury when he wanted him to do the can-can.

“So Simon had to take the lead to stop any embarrassment!

“Backstage, everyone has been giggling – and Simon thinks it was a great TV moment!”


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