Simon Cowell has reportedly started talks with Firecracker, the production company who provided Channel 4 with the hit show ‘Big Fat Gypsy Weddings’, in a bid to move the show state-side, The Sun has reported today.
As the entire nation seems to have gone Gypsy mad, Cowell, who is never one to miss an opportunity, has seen the potential in turning the national hit into an international one.
A source said: “Simon knows all the TV execs in America. He is the man to make it happen.
“Everyone at Firecracker is very excited about it.”
The show is still causing a stir this side of the pond, however, and a Christmas special has already been filmed and is planned to be aired on Christmas Day. It will include an alternative Christmas speech by a member of the travelling community, to be aired at the same time, and in complete competition with the traditional Queens speech, and there are several plans for more spin off’s including, ‘My Big Fat Gypsy Funeral’, and ‘My Big Fat Gypsy Birthday’.
But the programme – with its stars including Jolene Doran and tough guy Paddy Doherty – could be an even bigger hit in the States, where more than 36million people claim Irish ancestry.
A spokeswoman for Cowell refused to comment.