The much-loved star, 46, best known for his Channel 4 series Alan Carr: Chatty Man, was handed the role after the reality show’s bosses decided that he would be perfect alongside Simon Cowell, 63, Amanda Holden, 51, and Alesha Dixon, 44.
It comes after Walliams, 51, left the ITV show after recordings emerged of him making vile sexual remarks about two contestants during auditions in January 2020.
EXCLUSIVE: Alan Carr is set to replace David Walliams as the new Britain’s Got Talent judge who quit after his vile off-camera remarks were revealed (pictured at the Royal Variety in 2021)
He’s off! David Walliams QUIT Britain’s Got Talent after 10 years on the judging panel, weeks after he apologised for making vile remarks about a contestant
A source close to the ITV show told the Daily Mail: ‘Alan is hilarious but also kind. He tells a mean joke but he is also soft in the middle.
‘The bosses are already excited about how wonderful he will be with the contestants. He will complement the panel so well too, he is really close friends with Amanda and he has known Simon and Alesha for years too.
‘Everyone involved in the show is so excited and they can’t wait to get started.’
New addition: Alan will be joining (Amanda Holden, Simon Cowell and Alesha Dixon on the judging panel
Auditions for the next series of BGT start in two weeks and executives at both ITV and the production company Fremantle have been desperately searching for a replacement for Walliams since it was decided he would step down two months ago.
Carr, who is openly gay and split from his husband Paul Drayton last August after 13 years of marriage, is close friends with Amanda. Her husband Chris Hughes also represents Cowell.
It was reported in November that Walliams stood down from his role as a judge on the programme after ten years, though sources close to the show say that he ‘jumped before he was pushed.’
Pals: Amanda and Alan are close friends and appear on a new show filmed in Sicily, dubbed The Italian Job, which will soon air on the BBC
His exit came after he described an elderly contestant as a c*** and made vile sexual remarks about a woman taking part.
The remarks, first reported by The Sun, were made during auditions in January 2020 at the London Palladium.
In one incident, picked up on the show’s microphones, an older performer engaged in light-hearted banter with the judges in which he made a jibe about Walliams
After the audition, the pensioner left, after which Walliams is said to have described him as a ‘c**t’ three times.
In a separate incident, after a female contestant had walked off stage, Walliams remarked:
‘She’s like the slightly boring girl you meet in the pub that thinks you want to f*** them, but you don’t.’
He later added: ‘I know, she’s just like: “Oh, f*** off!” I was saying, she thinks you want to f*** her, but you don’t.
‘It’s the last thing on your mind, but she’s like: “Yep, I bet you do!”
‘No I don’t! I had a bit of a b***r, but now it’s going, it’s now shrivelled up inside my body.’
Walliams, one of the UK’s best-known television personalities and children’s book authors, was forced to apologise for his outbursts – but insisted that they were private conversations.
Shocking: David’s future on BGT was in doubt after he described an elderly contestant as a c*** and made vile sexual remarks about a female who was also competing on the show
Speaking out: In a statement, David said: ‘I would like to apologise to the people I made disrespectful comments about during breaks in filming for Britain’s Got Talent in 2020
In a statement, the former Little Britain star said: ‘I would like to apologise to the people I made disrespectful comments about during breaks in filming for Britain’s Got Talent in 2020.
‘These were private conversations and – like most conversations with friends – were never intended to be shared. Nevertheless, I am sorry.’
Bosses looked at hiring former Strictly professional dancer Oti Mabuse, 32, for the role, and also approached chat show host Graham Norton, 59, but he turned the opportunity down.
Carr is the son of football coach Graham Carr who managed teams such as Northampton and Blackpool.
Not for him: Graham Norton, 59, was said to have ‘turned down a chance to join Britain’s Got Talent as a judge’
Over: Alan and his Party Planner husband Paul Drayton announced their separation in January this year after 13 years together and three years of marriage (pictured in 2019)