24/06/2015 08:11 BST | Updated 24/06/2015 08:59 BST

Amanda Holden Age Joke Lands Stephen Mulhern New 'Britain's Got More Talent' Deal

Stephen Mulhern faced the wrath of Amanda Holden when he compared her to plastic surgery addict Jocelyn Wildenstein live on ‘Britain’s Got More Talent’, but the host has revealed that controversial gag has actually landed him another series hosting the spin-off show.


The ITV2 presenter told The Sun that Simon Cowell was so amused by the joke, which saw Amanda throw water over Stephen and chase him around the studio, that he’s offered him the opportunity to return for next year’s series.

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Stephen Mulhern was given a drenching

“I’m all signed up for year ten. It’s all sorted. I had an hour-and-a-half meeting with Simon last week and you never get that — you get ten minutes if you’re lucky!” he said.

“That joke I did with Amanda, that went down like a sack of s***. But Simon does love a bit of controversy.

“If you see a clip of it when it actually went out, he was like a kid in the sweet shop.”

Stephen admitted that he knew the gag was a risky one, with Ant and Dec also torn over whether he should do it.

He told the paper: “So I said to Ant, ‘Do you think I should do it?’ and he said, ‘No, don’t do it, seriously, don’t do it.’ And I went to Dec and he said, ‘Do it’, so then we were split. When I did it live, I had that feeling of, ‘Oh my God!’ but it was too late.”

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Amanda was compared to Jocelyn Wildenstein

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Amanda took the joke in good spirit

In the aftermath, it was reported by the Daily Star that Amanda was furious about the joke, but Stephen told heat magazine that she took it all in good spirit.

“I went over to Amanda and went, ‘Come on.’ And she literally gave me a kiss and went, ‘Don’t be silly.’ I think that says a lot about her - she’s a very good sport,” he said.

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