Michael McIntyre insists: “I’m not new Mr Nasty’

Michael McIntyre has denied he’s Britain’s Got Talent‘s new Mr Nasty…

The comedian spoke out after reports that he’d reduced a nine-year-old boy to tears during auditions in Birmingham when one of the judge’s jokes backfired.

He told the Daily Mirror: “When you watch the show and hopefully enjoy it, you will see that I’m not a Mr Nasty by any means… I have been teased quite a lot for being too nice to people, because I know what they are going through.”

He said of buzzing schoolboy David Knight before he’d even started his audition: “I don’t like upsetting people. It was an odd moment… I apologised and put him through because he was very good and showed promise.”

He insisted: “I am not being ruthless and shattering people’s dreams – that’s the opposite of what I want to do.”

Aspiring comedian David was reduced to tears when Michael buzzed after asking him to name his favourite comedians joking that he ‘should not be influenced by the fact I am judging’.

When the youngster replied ‘Harry Hill’ Michael hit his red buzzer – before the routine had even started.

Michael, who has been working with fellow judges David Hasselhoff and Amanda Holden on the next series of Britain’s Got Talent, said that many of the most moving successes so far involved singers.

He told the newspaper: “There were tears when a girl with a stammer belted out Time To Say Goodbye. There have been some wonderful moments.”