Ant and Dec say they almost stop Britain’s Got Talent over issues with how the present was being edited.
The 44-year-old presenters say they solely determined to remain after a make-or-break assembly with Simon Cowell in LA, the place he promised to type out the issue.
The revelation comes within the Geordie presenting duo’s forthcoming autobiography, Once Upon A Tyne, which has been previewed in The Sun.
Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donnelly say they feared they have been being side-lined, and thought their contribution was not being mirrored within the edited exhibits.
After speaking to ITV bosses, a disaster assembly was arrange with Cowell at an Italian restaurant in Los Angeles, California.
In the extract from the e book, Ant says: “We told him everything – that we weren’t being used, that we could be doing other stuff, that maybe someone else should take over.”
They additionally stated Cowell’s shoddy timekeeping, typically turning up late to auditions, “drives us nuts”.
Ant went on: “To be fair to Simon, he sat there, took it all and listened intently for four, maybe five cigarettes.”
Dec stated Cowell shortly supplied an answer, saying: “He made a promise to us: that issues would change and that we might by no means really feel like that once more.
“He desperately wished us to remain and we advised him we would do the following collection and see the way it went – and, to be truthful to him, he was nearly as good as his phrase, issues did change.”
After the meal, Cowell, 60, is alleged to have supplied them a elevate again to their resort in his chauffeur-driven Rolls-Royce.
Ant and Dec have hosted Britain’s Got Talent since its launch in 2007 and have continued on the present since their ultimatum.
This yr’s present has been break up into two components as a consequence of coronavirus, with the audition episodes working in April and May, and the dwell exhibits as a consequence of begin on 5 September.
Due to social distancing restrictions, the dwell exhibits will happen with no dwell studio viewers.
Cowell has full possession of each Britain’s Got Talent and The X Factor, after shopping for Sony Music Entertainment’s stake in each earlier this yr.
He additionally gained possession of all of the worldwide variations of each programmes.
Last yr, Cowell signed a brand new five-year take care of ITV which can see his exhibits seem completely on the channel till at the very least 2024.
The settlement consists of 5 collection of Britain’s Got Talent and at the very least one in every of The X Factor.
Ant and Dec are additionally gearing up for his or her subsequent high-profile ITV presenting gig – I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here – which this yr will take place in winter, in a derelict castle in Wales.
ITV boss Kevin Lygo confirmed at this yr’s Edinburgh TV Festival that the majority of this yr’s celebrities have already been booked for the rebooted present.