Ant & Dec tease Simon Cowell

Simon Cowell's returned to Britain's Got Talent - and was teased by hosts Ant and Dec over the Cheryl Cole controversy.

Cowell appeared just hours after it was confirmed that the Girls Aloud singer wouldn't be a judge on this year's UK X Factor.

She was sacked from the American version last week.

Dec cheekily referred to the row, asking Cowell "whether he could understand his accent."

Meanwhile former BGT judge Piers Morgan tweeted his sympathy to Cheryl, "Got to say, feel very, very sorry for Cheryl Cole. This can be a brutal business sometimes. But she'll be back"