BGT's Declan Donnelly takes brutal 6-word swipe at Simon Cowell during live show

Simon Cowell
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Declan Donnelly couldn't resist a playful dig at Simon Cowell during Friday's semi-final of Britain's Got Talent, suggesting the judge has had 'some work done'. The Geordie presenting duo were introducing magician Trixy when Dec, 48, made the cheeky comment to the music mogul.

Dec, who recently left King Charles in stitches with a hilarious comment about Ant McPartlin and his newborn son, introduced Trixy by saying: “Next up is a magician whose audition featured an old car that belonged to Simon Cowell back in the 1990s.”

Ant chimed in and said: “Your face when you saw that beautiful car!” Dec then quipped: “Of course it had a lot of work done since the 1990s,” leading Ant to ask: “The car?", and Dec to cheekily responded: “If you like!”

Ant and Dec hosting on stage
Dec made a jibe at Simon over his looks -Credit:ITV

It appeared Simon took the joke in good humour, after previously denying having a facelift, although he did admit to using Botox and fillers in the past. Speaking to The Mirror last year, Simon said: “I mean it just makes me laugh - I haven't had a facelift or anything. Over the years people have said that I've had everything done. I have had a bit of Botox or whatever but kind of nothing drastic.”

He also revealed that his son Eric, who just became a big brother as the family recently welcomed another member to the family - a puppy - has teased him about his appearance, which made him realise he may have 'gone too far.’ He also recently left fans concerned over his appearance following his February appearance on the long-awaited return of Ant and Dec 's Saturday Night Takeaway.

The 64-year-old music mogul - famous for shows including The X Factor as well as Britain's Got Talent - sparked concern over his "different" look when he appeared on the live game show dressed in his trademark black t-shirt and black jeans.

Simon Cowell posing with black sunshades on the red carpet
Simon recently sparked some worry over his looks -Credit:Anthony Harvey/REX/Shutterstock

When Simon arrived in the studio to watch a clip of himself being pranked by the Geordie duo, one person on X commented on X: " Simon Cowell is so different now! #saturdaynighttakeaway", while another added: "Anyone else watching #SaturdayNightTakeaway? What has happened to Simon Cowell's face....... ??"

He has also been flaunting his significantly slimmer physique after losing three stone and wearing a surgical back brace recently to help his recovery after he required major surgery after breaking his back in a cycling accident in 2020.