Furious ventriloquist Jimmy Tamley called Chief Justice Simon Cowell a “model” after the mogul stormed the stage during a live show from Britain’s Got Talent.
The artist also accused the producers of “throwing him under a bus” by forcing him to modify his original act to include the show’s judges rather than his usual puppets.
On last Thursday’s BGT live show, Jimmy Tamley of Ashburton, Devon dragged judges Cowell and David Walliams onto the stage to be part of the act he hoped would earn him a spot in the final.
This involved the couple wearing special masks designed for him to control, and while some were amused by the act, the show’s boss Simon was not.
When Simon was asked to do a Can-Can routine alongside David, he walked off stage very unhappy before returning for the last part of the act, DevonLive reported.
Hosts Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly spoke to father-of-five Jimmy before announcing the semi-final results.
Dec said, “Where do we start? Jimmy, maybe with you? It was less the case with can-can, more cannot-cannot, more does not want.
Jimmy retorted, ‘You tell me. This is the first time in my career that the model has left the stage on her own. ‘
Dec replied, “That’s no way to talk about Simon.”
But Jimmy defended himself: âNo, it is! He made himself a model, not me.
After his performance, the father of five said he had had time to think about it and although he said some people were “wonderful” on the show, he claims the producers “did. to dry”.
“Like any great moment in your life, you spend months preparing for it, and at the time, I didn’t realize I was being sewn by the producers,” said he declared.
âI just wanted to go home, I didn’t want to go back on stage for the results. I never wanted to make Simon look bad, the producers knew my number and what I wanted to do, I should have used Ant and Dec instead of Simon and David. “
Jimmy said that prior to his performance he spent time with the producers and writers and explained that some of his original ideas have been changed.
He said: “Everything I did was first reviewed by the producers and after several drafts my ideas changed. Initially I wanted to make David the model and have Simon be the ventriloquist, although the screenwriter suggested making Simon the model because it would be funnier, everything had to be approved by them first.
âI also wanted puppets in my act, but the producers stuck me in them and said they just wanted me to use the masks.
âI was in two minds about whether Simon knew about the act or not, but on stage I felt really bad. BGT has been on TV for years and they would have known what Simon was capable of and what he would be prepared to do, and after some thought I would have liked to say more at the time, it was Simon’s fault, not mine. “
After his stint on BGT, Jimmy says he regrets being on the show in the first place.
“I regret having been on the series because I will now always be known as the guy Simon walked away from,” he added.
âThe judges aren’t attending the dress rehearsal and I asked if Simon knew about the act and they just said ‘Simon likes surprises’.
“I have two opinions on what happened, either Simon must have known about the act and he didn’t want to cooperate with him, or he didn’t know and the producers put me under the bus. “
Jimmy also took to social media to share his experience with his fans.
In his lengthy Facebook post, he said: âHonestly, I wasn’t expecting the fiasco that unfolded Thursday night. I just want to relate the events from my perspectiveâ¦ when I was invited to participate at the BGT 13 series, I had no illusions that curved balls would potentially come my way, having already had experience with bgt.
âLooking at it now, I wonder what the producers were thinking. Was I actually THROWN UNDER THE BUS? He clearly wasn’t willing to accept all of this, and in his subsequent comments he indicated that the producers indeed be murdered … (his words).
âIn the media since then (and there have been a lot of them), bgt’s line was that he said he couldn’t do the dance because of an old ski injury. if so, the producers would. I knew from series 13 that he was unable to dance in any way and I would have been told weeks before and the scripts would have been altered when it was time to present them.
âImmediately after my performance, I was completely stunned and traumatized by what had just happened to me on LIVE TV.
âMy 5 kids and my mate Rachel were in the audience and just saw what happened to me. I really felt for them because I just wanted to make a good spot and for them to be proud of me. At this point I was absolutely drained, my 4 minutes on TV was wasted.
“Yes, my professionalism started and I finished the spot, but I would have preferred to finish it as planned by them and me, and be rejected. I had no illusions that I was in the lead somewhere. from the artist list that night, and was ready for anything … except what happened. “