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Cowell insists BGT 'did not set out to fool anybody'

Simon Cowell said Britain's Got Talent did not 'set out to fool anyone'. Credit: Hannah McKay / PA Wire/PA Images

Britain's Got Talent judge Simon Cowell has insisted the show did not "set out to fool anybody" after hundreds of people complained when they found out that the show's winner used a stunt double dog.

The disclosure that a lookalike dog was used by Jules O'Dwyer to walk the parallel ropes led to 507 complaints to date to Ofcom and another 130 directly to ITV.

Speaking tonight at a charity event for 'Together For Short Lives' which helps terminally ill children, Cowell said the "confusion" of a live show was to blame for the mix up.

No-one set out to fool anybody, the second dog actually had his collar with his name on. I think now the dust has settled a bit we can accept that she won.

– Simon Cowell
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