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Britain’s Got Talent cut knife act from next episode following fatal sword attack-Pierra Willix-Entertainment – Metro

The long-running talent show held an ’emergency meeting’.

Britain’s Got Talent cut knife act from next episode following fatal sword attack-Pierra Willix-Entertainment – Metro

Britain’s Got Talent have axed a sword act due to air on this weekend’s episode (Picture: PA)

A sword act due to be aired on the next episode of Britain’s Got Talent has been cut after the fatal sword attack which claimed the life of a 14-year-old boy in London this week.

On Tuesday morning, Daniel Anjorin was killed as he was walking to school after five people were stabbed in Hainault.

ITV bosses reportedly made the last minute change to the programme out of respect and compassion to the family of Anjorin.

The long-running series, presented by Ant and Dec and featuring judges Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden, Alesha Dixon, and Bruno Tonioli, ‘called an emergency meeting’ following the incident and made the decision to scrap Heather Holliday, who’s a professional sword swallower. 

‘Producers felt, following the devastating attacks this week, it would be wrong to air the stunt act this weekend,’ a source told the Daily Mail.

‘The edit was changed and it is absolutely right for show bosses to pull the act from episode four.’

Heather Holliday was due to appear on the reality series this weekend (Picture: Supplied)

Heather, who hails from America, has been named ‘The World’s Craziest Sword Swallower’ by Guinness World Records.

Her act involves swallowing multiple solid steel swords while wearing revealing burlesque costume. 

A show insider also told the publication that ‘given the brutality of the crime and the nature of Heather Holliday’s act, it was decided she wouldn’t feature during episode four’.

An ’emergency meeting’ was held to discuss cutting the segment (Picture: ITV)

‘It is nothing the contestant has done, but bosses felt it would send the wrong message at this extremely difficult time for the families and those who have been affected by the tragic events of this week,’ they added.

The decision follows the death of the schoolboy, who alongside four others, was attacked by a man patrolling the streets near the Hainault tube station in north London brandishing a samurai-style sword.

Police went on to name Marcus Aurelio Arduini Monzo as the suspect and have since charged him with murder.

Auditions for Britain’s Got Talent are filmed in advance, however the final show can still be edited in the days before broadcast, with episodes currently airing on Saturday and Sunday nights. has contacted ITV for comment.

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