Simon shouldn’t have sacked me!
LOUIS WALSH has said that Simon Cowell sacking him back in 2007 was a “big mistake” – and that getting a lap dance from Robbie Williams was a favourite
moment. The Irish judge, 61, who has announced that he will be quitting the talent show after this year’s series, was axed in 2007 but quickly reinstated.
He told the that his return to the ITV show – and the moment pop star Williams gave him a lap dance last year – were two of his on-screen highlights.
“Big mistake. I was gutted,” Walsh said of the sacking. “I couldn’t believe I was off the show – me and (presenter) Kate Thornton. I was sure I was safe.”
The star, who has previously blamed ageism, said: “Somebody in ITV got into Cowell’s ear, and told him to make it younger and fresher. It was an age thing.” Walsh was replaced by dancer and choreographer Brian Friedman before he was asked to return.
He told the magazine: “They gave Brian Friedman the job, who was brilliant as a choreographer, but he wears these silly clothes all the time.
“Sharon (Osbourne) sent me a text on day one saying, ‘It’s not working. You could get your job back.’” Walsh will join Gary Barlow, Nicole Scherzinger and Sharon on the panel this year.