Great British Bake Off star Sue Perkins hosted the ceremony for the first time on Sunday (14 May) night, and pulled a few punches along the way.
Having been warned in advance along with other guests not to mention the upcoming general election as their “speech may be cut,” the 47-year-old made repeated political gags including one during her opening speech, where she quipped: “Whatever happens I promise to provide you a strong and stable Baftas.”
She also forced producers to cut an entire segment out of their TV coverage which was on a one-hour delay, after the comedienne told the stunned crowd: “I live for live. Give me a seven second delay and I will use it, you blistering c***faced f*** trumpets.”
Her finest moment however, was probably during her opening speech at London’s Royal festival hall when she decided to take a swipe at the GBBO controversy via another BBC hit show, The Replacement, about an architect who has to fight for her job after going on maternity leave.
Sue began: “How great was The Replacement everybody? A show about how stressful it can be when someone takes over your job… I mean, I really couldn’t relate to it!” She then went on to wish the new hosts Sandi Toksvig, Prue Leith and Noel Fielding the best of luck before adding: “Let’s crack on before someone sells-off the format to Channel 4!”
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