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BAFTA TV Awards 2018: Sue Perkins is blasted for her ‘sexist’ jokes as her hosting gig ‘falls flat’ with viewers

BAFTA TV Awards 2018: Sue Perkins is blasted for her ‘sexist’ jokes as her hosting gig ‘falls flat’ with viewers
14 May
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Sue Perkins’ performance as host at the 2018 BAFTA TV Awards ‘fell flat’ with viewers on Sunday night.

The presenter, who fronted the ceremony for the first time last year, opened the show with a traditional monologue, littered with jokes about the gender pay gap, feminism and inequality in the industry.

However, the speech failed to amuse viewers, who instead took to¬†Twitter to brand the 48-year-old ‘sexist’ and ‘self-indulgent’.

Facing backlash: Sue Perkins' performance as host at the 2018 BAFTA TV Awards 'fell flat' with viewers on Sunday night

Facing backlash: Sue Perkins' performance as host at the 2018 BAFTA TV Awards 'fell flat' with viewers on Sunday night

Facing backlash: Sue Perkins’ performance as host at the 2018 BAFTA TV Awards ‘fell flat’ with viewers on Sunday night

The former Bake Off host kicked proceedings off by poking fun at her entrance, which saw her welcomed onstage by a group of Scots Guards.

Addressing the audience at the Royal Festival Hall, she quipped: ‘Typical of course, 10 men blowing their own trumpets before a woman even so much as opens her mouth.’

Met with chuckles from the audience, she went on to address the gender pay gap seconds later, adding: ‘I don’t want to ignore the elephant in the room…but on such a prestigious occasion I feel it would be crass and borderline inappropriate to discuss my fee for tonight.

Awkward: The presenter opened the show with a string of jokes about the gender pay gap, feminism and inequality in the industry - which did not go down well with fans

Awkward: The presenter opened the show with a string of jokes about the gender pay gap, feminism and inequality in the industry - which did not go down well with fans

Awkward: The presenter opened the show with a string of jokes about the gender pay gap, feminism and inequality in the industry – which did not go down well with fans

Cheeky: Addressing her entrance beside Scots Guards, she began: 'Typical of course, 10 men blowing their own trumpets before a woman even so much as opens her mouth'

Cheeky: Addressing her entrance beside Scots Guards, she began: 'Typical of course, 10 men blowing their own trumpets before a woman even so much as opens her mouth'

Cheeky: Addressing her entrance beside Scots Guards, she began: ‘Typical of course, 10 men blowing their own trumpets before a woman even so much as opens her mouth’

‘So let’s just say I’m going to be putting in half the effort. To be honest I haven’t even cleaned my teeth.’¬†

Not stopping there, she interspersed jokes about the Harvey Weinstein scandal and even the Duchess of Cambridge with further comments about gender inequality.

She continued: ‘A woman may be hosting this evening but don’t worry, I’ve still got two big fellas up there to keep an eye on me. You know, just to make sure my driving is alright.’

The star even made a dig at fellow television presenter Piers Morgan, after clocking a grand organ onstage beside her.

No stopping her: She interspersed jokes about Harvey Weinstein and even the Duchess of Cambridge with comments about gender inequality, and even made a dig at Piers Morgan

No stopping her: She interspersed jokes about Harvey Weinstein and even the Duchess of Cambridge with comments about gender inequality, and even made a dig at Piers Morgan

No stopping her: She interspersed jokes about Harvey Weinstein and even the Duchess of Cambridge with comments about gender inequality, and even made a dig at Piers Morgan

‘Turns out tonight I’m having to work alongside a massive organ, now I know how Susanna Reid feels on Good Morning Britain,’ she joked.¬†

The Croydon born star ended her speech by assuring viewers the winners had been kept a secret until now, stating: ‘Facebook knows obviously, but apart from that we are all in the dark.’

While the monologue was met with laughter from the live audience, it did not go down as well with viewers – who immediately took to Twitter to brand her both unfunny and sexist.

One disgruntled fan kicked things off by writing: ‘Sue Perkins looks/sounds like she‚Äôs really enjoying herself. Shame the same can‚Äôt be said for the audience and viewers. #SelfIndulgent’

Not impressed: While the monologue was met with laughter from the live audience, it did not go down as well with viewers - who immediately took to Twitter to brand her unfunny

Not impressed: While the monologue was met with laughter from the live audience, it did not go down as well with viewers - who immediately took to Twitter to brand her unfunny

Not impressed: While the monologue was met with laughter from the live audience, it did not go down as well with viewers – who immediately took to Twitter to brand her unfunny

While others agreed: ‘Oh good, Sue Perkins TRYING to be funny and once again, failing’, ‘Wow… Sue Perkins’ jokes are really falling flat…’ and ‘I didn’t think Sue Perkins could ever get less funny than she normally is, but fair play to her for pulling it off tonight.’

Further viewers expressed their annoyance at her ‘anti-male’ jokes, and claimed there would be huge uproar if a man said the same about a woman onstage.¬†

One wrote: ‘Why is Sue Perkins allowed to make jokes about men’s anatomy/physical appearance? Imagine it was the other way around,’ while another added: ‘Here we go… Sue Perkins with her usual sexist jokes.’¬†¬†

Others were quick to agree, chiming in: ‘Seriously @BBC how are you allowing @sueperkins to be so anti male … people would be up in arms if this was a man making these comment’

Outraged: Further viewers expressed their annoyance at her 'anti-male' jokes, and claimed there would be huge uproar if a man said the same about a woman onstage

Outraged: Further viewers expressed their annoyance at her 'anti-male' jokes, and claimed there would be huge uproar if a man said the same about a woman onstage

Outraged: Further viewers expressed their annoyance at her ‘anti-male’ jokes, and claimed there would be huge uproar if a man said the same about a woman onstage

Second time lucky: Sue, who is best known for hosting the BBC's version of The Great British Bake Off, hosted the awards ceremony for the first time in 2017

Second time lucky: Sue, who is best known for hosting the BBC's version of The Great British Bake Off, hosted the awards ceremony for the first time in 2017

Second time lucky: Sue, who is best known for hosting the BBC’s version of The Great British Bake Off, hosted the awards ceremony for the first time in 2017

Against the grain: However, her performance was met with high praise from a handful of other viewers, who praised her 'savage' jokes, and took her speech in good humour

Against the grain: However, her performance was met with high praise from a handful of other viewers, who praised her 'savage' jokes, and took her speech in good humour

Against the grain: However, her performance was met with high praise from a handful of other viewers, who praised her ‘savage’ jokes, and took her speech in good humour

And: ‘But WHY is Sue Perkins allowed to make such sexualised comments towards other women and do things that if a man was to do/say…he’d be classed as being sexist,arrogant and a pig. It works both ways doesn’t it?…

A further fan even called for the BBC to penalise her for her attitude, writing: ‘I’m a bloke like half of this nation just sat at home minding my own business when Sue Perkins turns up on my telly making probably the most snide, horrible, sexist comments i’ve ever heard on TV constantly. If this isn’t punished then it’s a joke.’¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†

However, her performance was met with high praise from a handful of other viewers, who praised her ‘savage’ jokes, and took her speech in good humour.

One said: ‘Sue Perkins is pulling no punches tonight I love her’, while others added: ‘I really really love Sue Perkins,’ ‘@sueperkins Bloody Bafta fabulous’ and ‘Sue Perkins is likeable. Think she’s doing a good job.’

2018 British Academy Television Awards: The Winners

ENTERTAINMENT PROGRAMME 

Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway¬†

Britain’s Got Talent – WINNER

Michael McIntyre’s Big Show

The Voice UK 

 

LEADING ACTOR 

Jack Rowan – Born to Kill

Joe Cole РHang the DJ (Black Mirror) 

Sean Bean – Broken – WINNER

Tim Pigott Smith – King Charles III

 

LEADING ACTRESS 

Claire Foy – The Crown

Molly Windsor – Three Girls – WINNER

Sinead Keenan – Little Boy Blue

Thandie Newton – Line of Duty

COMEDY ENTERTAINMENT PROGRAMME  

Murder in Successville – WINNER

Taskmaster 

The Last Leg 

Would I Lie To You? 

 

CURRENT AFFAIRS  

Raped: My Story 

Syria’s Disappeared: The Case Against Assad (Dispatches) 

Undercover: Britain’s Immigration Secrets (Panorama) РWINNER

White Right: Meeting The Enemy (Exposure)

 

DRAMA SERIES 

Line Of Duty

Peaky Blinders – WINNER

The Crown

The End of the F***ing World 

  

ENTERTAINMENT PERFORMANCE

Adam Hills РThe Last Leg 

Graham Norton РThe Graham Norton Show  РWINNER

Michael McIntyre РMichael McIntyre’s Big Show

Sandi Toksvig РQI 

 

FACTUAL SERIES 

Ambulance – WINNER

Catching A Killer 

Drugsland  

Hospital  

 

FEATURES 

Antiques Roadshow 

Cruising with Jane MacDonald – WINNER

No More Boys and Girls: Can Our Kids Go Gender Free?   

The Secret Life of the Zoo

 

SINGLE DRAMA 

Against The Law

Hang The DJ (Black Mirror)  

King Charles III 

Murdered for Being Different – WINNER

 

SOAP & CONTINUING DRAMA

Casualty – WINNER

Coronation Street 

Emmerdale 

Hollyoaks 

 

SPECIALIST FACTUAL

Basquiat – Rage to Riches – WINNER

Blitz: The Bombs that Changed Britain  

Blue Planet II 

Elizabeth I’s Secret Agents¬†¬†

 

VIRGIN TV’S MUST-SEE MOMENT 

Blue Planet II (Mother Pilot Whale) – WINNER

Doctor Who (The Thirteenth Doctor Revealed)

Game Of Thrones (Viserion is Killed by the Night King)

Line Of Duty (Huntley’s Narrow Escape)

Love Island (Stormzy Makes a Surprise Appearance)

ITV One Love Manchester (Ariana Grande Sings ‚ÄėOne Last Time‚Äô)

 

FEMALE PERFORMANCE IN A COMEDY PROGRAMME 

Anna Maxwell Martin – Motherland

Daisy May Cooper – This Country – WINNER

Sharon Horgan – Catastrophe

Sian Gibson РPeter Kay’s Car Share

 

INTERNATIONAL 

Big Little Lies 

Feud: Betty and Joan  

The Handmaids Tale – WINNER

The Vietnam War 

 

LIVE EVENT 

ITV News Election 2017 Live: The Results  

One Love Manchester  

Wild Alaska Live  

World War One Remembered: Passchendaele – WINNER

 

MALE PERFORMANCE IN A COMEDY PROGRAMME 

Asim Chaudry – People Just Do Nothing

Rob Brydon – The Trip to Spain

Samson Kayo – Famalam

Toby Jones – Detectorists – WINNER

 

MINI-SERIES 

Howards End 

The Moorside  

The State

Three Girls РWINNER 

 

NEWS COVERAGE 

The Battle for Mosul (Sky News)

Grenfell Tower Fire (Channel 4 News) 

The Grenfell Tower Fire (ITV News at Ten) 

The Rohingya Crisis (Sky News) – WINNER

 

REALITY & CONSTRUCTED FACTUAL  

Celebrity Hunted 

Love Island – WINNER

Old People’s Home for 4 Year Olds 

The Real Full Monty 

SCRIPTED COMEDY 

Catastrophe 

Chewing Gum  

This Country – WINNER

Timewasters 

 

SHORT FORM PROGRAMME

Britain’s Forgotten Men

Eating With My Ex

Morgana Robinson’s Summer – WINNER

PLS Like

 

SINGLE DOCUMENTARY

Chris Packham: Asperger’s and Me¬†¬†

Louis Theroux, Talking to Anorexia 

One Deadly Weekend in America 

Rio Ferdinand: Being Mum and Dad – WINNER

 

SPORT 

Anthony Joshua vs Wladimir Klitchko

Six Nations: Wales vs England  

The Grand National – WINNER

UEFA Women’s Euro semi-final: England vs Netherlands¬†

 

SUPPORTING ACTOR 

Adrian Dunbar – Line of Duty

Anupam Kher – The Boy with the Topknot

Brian F. O’Byrne – Little Boy Blue – WINNER

Jimmi Simpson – USS Callister (Black Mirror)

 

SUPPORTING ACTRESS 

Anna Friel РBroken  

Julie Hesmondhalgh – Broadchurch

Liv Hill – Three Girls

Vanessa Kirby – The Crown – WINNER

 

BAFTA FELLOWSHIP

Kate Adie

 

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT 

John Motson 

 

 

 

 

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