Britain’s Got Talent: Ant and Dec forced to apologise after winner Vigo Venn heard swearing during live ITV show

BGT hosts Ant and Dec BGT hosts Ant and Dec
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Britain’s Got Talent hosts Ant and Dec took to the stage to apologise to viewers.

Britain’s Got Talent presenters Ant McPartlin and Declan Donelly were forced to apologise again during Sunday night’s live final after Viggo Venn appeared to swear. The Norwegian comedian, known for his high-energy routines and high-vis yellow jackets, put on a hilarious display and won over the judges with his unique act.

During his performance, Viggo handed Simon Cowell a pin before bringing a balloon on stage. However, the act went wrong as he let go of the balloon and watched as it blew away into the audience. Viggo could be heard saying, "Oh s**t", and asked hosts, Ant and Dec, "Is this live?".

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The show’s viewers picked up on the expletive and took to social media to share their thoughts. One person said: “Bad language again?? #BGT" Another wrote: “Am I hearing things or did he just swear." Someone else said: “Usually, in an act like that, when something goes wrong, I assume it’s planned, but it did seem accidental in that case since he swore about it." A fourth chimed in: “He’s swearing!!!"

After his performance, Ant and Dec took to the stage to apologise. Ant said: "We will have to apologise for any bad language heard during the act." Despite the mishap, Viggo was crowned the winner of Britain’s Got Talent 2023, scooping the £250,000 prize and a spot on the bill at the Royal Variety Performance.

It is not the first time BGT hosts Ant and Dec have had to apologise for bad language in the latest series. The pair opened the show on Wednesday with an apology after Bruno Tonioli’s use of swear words the previous night. After introducing the judges, Ant said: “Now, before we carry on, we have to say sorry if you heard a bit of choice language on the show last night. There will be none of that this evening”, before pointing directly at Bruno Tonioli.

The crowds booed whilst a shame-faced Bruno looked apologetic and covered his mouth with his hands. During Tuesday evening’s semi-final, Bruno was heard saying, "F***ing hell Simon, not again” after being asked to take part in an onstage performance.

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