Simon Cowell slightly dampened the mood of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee weekend on Britain’s Got Talent last night after he questioned whether her majesty would be at the Royal Variety Performance this year.
The 62-year-old music mogul made the remark while speaking to comedian Ben Nickless during the final on Sunday night, which saw comedian Axel Blake storm the competition.
Of course, the Britain’s Got Talent winner is invited to perform at the annual show in front of royalty, but Simon cast doubt on whether Queen Elizabeth II would be well enough to make it after she cancelled several events due to mobility issues.
‘Anyone who gets a chance to perform… please God it is the Queen…it’s going to be a huge big deal,’ he said.
The comment immediately sparked a response online, with many believing Simon was inferring her majesty would no longer be with us by December.
‘Cowell just implied the Queen might be dead before the Royal Variety Show!’ one viewer wrote.
Simon Cowell questioned whether her majesty would be at the Royal Variety Performance this year (Picture: ITV)
The Queen has just celebrated her Platinum Jubilee (Picture: Getty)
Echoing a similar sentiment, another penned: ‘The awkward silence after Simon basically implied the queen is on her way out. Yeah that went down like a lead balloon.’
The awkward scenes came before comedian Axel Blake was crowned the winner of Britain’s Got Talent 2022.
Axel Blake was crowned the winner of this year’s Britain’s Got Talent (Picture: ITV)
The 33-year-old property maintenance manager from west London, who was Simon’s golden buzzer choice, scooped the £250,000 prize, as well as a spot on the bill at the Royal Variety Performance.
Ventriloquist Jamie Leahey and his puppet Chuck the chicken came in second, while singer Tom Ball took third place.
Speaking following his win, Axel said: ‘Words can’t even explain. I am shaking. Thank you everyone for voting for me. It means the world to me.’
Britain’s Got Talent is available to stream on catch-up on the ITV Hub.
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