The host insists he wasn't offended by Simon's words on Saturday night's show...

Rylan Clark-Neal has defended Simon Cowell after he made a joke about gay sex on Saturday night’s Xtra Factor.

Simon and fellow judges Nicole Scherzinger, Sharon Osbourne and Louis Walsh were chatting to callers when the 57-year-old came out with the awkward quip.

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Rylan Clark-Neal and Matt Edmonson

Rylan, 27, and co-host Matt Edmondson had asked the panel to pick a door, which would open to a waiting viewer.

At one point, Rylan said: ‘I love a front door,’ before Simon replied: ‘I thought you liked a back door.’

Eek. Rylan didn’t seem too bothered, hitting back: ‘Oh Simon! Shall I show you how much?’ However, the audience were visibly shocked.

Simon Cowell

Simon Cowell’s fellow judges clearly weren’t particularly impressed with his comment

Simon immediately seemed to regret his comment,  saying: ‘I apologise. I shouldn’t have said that. That’s why I should never do live TV.’

And Rylan later clarified that he wasn’t fussed, Tweeting: ‘Thanks for watching. And @SimonCowell made a joke, no biggie, and I took it….. (another joke) all love and laughs on #XtraFactorLive x.’

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He shared a longer statement yesterday, which read: ‘Genuinely wasn’t offended by Simon last night but understand some people might be it was just a joke between friends and meant extremely lighthearted.

‘But trust me I’m more offended by comments I get on social media every day calling me worse names by p***** sitting behind a keyboard.

‘It was banter in this case and I personally wasn’t offended….

‘Also I’ll get him to buy me a house in Ibiza whilst threatening to sue him…. win win x.’

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