Simon Cowell was met with a mixture of boos and laughter after making a quip about how Xtra Factor presenter Rylan ‘liked a back door’.
The joke was in response to Rylan Clark-Neal saying ‘I love a front door’ during a segment where the judges choose a fan to ask a question from behind one of the doors on screen.
Rylan took the joke in good spirits, bantering back: “Oh, Simon! Would you like me to show you how much?”.
— FRQfm (@FRQfm) October 15, 2016
Despite Rylan saying it was ‘just a joke between friends and meant extremely lighthearted[ly]’, many Twitter users took great offence at Cowell’s comments:
— Downgirls (@DowngirlsNW1) October 15, 2016
— Stephen Mulligan (@stephenmulligan) October 15, 2016
— Jonathan Lansana (@tvgenius05) October 15, 2016
Some people saw the humour in the comment though:
— Deano™ (@FTMxSAFC) October 15, 2016
#XFactor. Best quote ever from Simon Cowel to Rylan …. I thought you liked the back door !!!! Funniest thing ever !!!!!!
— Rachael (@rachael62802900) October 15, 2016
Likening it to a Carry On joke…
— rob fairweather (@robmfairweather) October 16, 2016
But the most important response to the comment was from Rylan himself:
He said that he personally was not offended and brought up how it is the daily trolling and insults from strangers online that cause him a lot more offence.
Rylan signed off with a funny joke about blackmailing Simon into buying him a holiday home in Ibiza.