BBC issues apology over Rebel Wilson’s ‘offensive’ BAFTA jokes after viewer complaints

The BBC have issued an apology over Rebel Wilson’s ‘offensive’ BAFTA jokes which sparked a flurry of complaints from viewers.

The Australian actress, 42, hosted the award ceremony at the Royal Albert Hall earlier this month, with Rebel raising eyebrows with her outlandish comments and X-rated gags – some of which was cut from broadcast.

And now in the wake of the event, the broadcaster has issued a statement remarking that ‘It’s never our intention to offend viewers’ after fans complained about Rebel’s jokes, with her quips taking aim at the likes of Harry and Meghan, Daniel Craig and Benedict Cumberbatch.

Sorry: The BBC have issued an apology over Rebel Wilson’s ‘offensive’ BAFTA jokes which sparked a flurry of complaints from viewers

In a statement on their Executive Complaints Unit website, the BBC stated: ‘Comedy is one of the most subjective areas of programming and views will always differ on what’s acceptable, and what’s appropriate at different times of the day.

‘It’s never our intention to offend viewers and we always think very carefully about what we broadcast to ensure that it isn’t outside of the expectations of the majority of the audience.

‘We acknowledge that not everyone will agree with the decisions we take but this is something we do take seriously.’

Host: The Australian actress, 42, hosted the award ceremony at the Royal Albert Hall earlier this month, with Rebel raising eyebrows with her outlandish comments and X-rated gags - some of which was cut from broadcast

Host: The Australian actress, 42, hosted the award ceremony at the Royal Albert Hall earlier this month, with Rebel raising eyebrows with her outlandish comments and X-rated gags – some of which was cut from broadcast

It comes after Rebel’s most shocking gags were cut from the show, with a joke about how she wanted to ‘sit on’ James Bond actor Daniel Craig was deemed too crude for broadcast.

Only members of the audience heard the the racy joke, reported The Sun, with the moment not televised.

The Bridesmaids star set up the gag by showing off a badly drawn fake ‘tattoo’ on her leg.

The drawing bore a slight likeness to Craig, and was next to the number ‘007’.

Oh no: The broadcaster has issued a statement remarking that 'It's never our intention to offend viewers' after fans complained about Rebel's jokes, with her quips taking aim at the likes of Harry and Meghan, Daniel Craig (pictured) and Benedict Cumberbatch

Oh no: The broadcaster has issued a statement remarking that ‘It’s never our intention to offend viewers’ after fans complained about Rebel’s jokes, with her quips taking aim at the likes of Harry and Meghan, Daniel Craig (pictured) and Benedict Cumberbatch

Statement: The BBC stated: 'Comedy is one of the most subjective areas of programming and views will always differ on what's acceptable, and what's appropriate at different times of the day'

Statement: The BBC stated: ‘Comedy is one of the most subjective areas of programming and views will always differ on what’s acceptable, and what’s appropriate at different times of the day’

‘It looks like the word LOO – but I know which I would rather sit on,’ quipped Wilson.

She also reportedly made a joke about The Power of the Dog star Benedict Cumberbatch that didn’t make it to air either.

Wilson also addressed her 5.5 stone (35kg) weight loss as she hosted Sunday’s awards.

The Sydney-born entertainer told the star-studded audience she had undergone ‘quite the transformation’ over the last two years as a photo of her from the BAFTAs in 2020 appeared on screen.

Naughty: A joke about how she wanted to 'sit on' James Bond actor Daniel Craig was deemed too crude for broadcast, and the BBC cut it out before the ceremony was televised

Naughty: A joke about how she wanted to ‘sit on’ James Bond actor Daniel Craig was deemed too crude for broadcast, and the BBC cut it out before the ceremony was televised

Dig: She then took a swipe at JK Rowling as she joked the Harry Potter author would not approve of her physical 'transformation', referencing the writer's previous comments on transgender issues

Dig: She then took a swipe at JK Rowling as she joked the Harry Potter author would not approve of her physical ‘transformation’, referencing the writer’s previous comments on transgender issues

She then took a swipe at JK Rowling as she joked the Harry Potter author would not approve of her physical ‘transformation’, referencing the writer’s previous comments on transgender issues.

Taking to the stage, Wilson said: ‘I might look a little different from the last time you guys saw me here.

‘That was two years ago and since then I have done quite a transformation. I hope JK Rowling still approves. ‘

The film star also couldn’t resist poking fun and Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Oprah Winfrey interview, as she said: Our next package is for Outstanding British film. From drama to horror to fantasy, Harry and Meghan’s interview with Oprah had it all…

Target: The film star also couldn't resist poking fun and Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Oprah Winfrey interview

Target: The film star also couldn’t resist poking fun and Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Oprah Winfrey interview

‘Unfortunately, that is not nominated in this category.’

Rebel also quipped that she had planned to do a musical number on roller skates about Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, which was going to be called ‘Pizza Express’.

However, despite the backlash, Rebel did garner praise over her decision to give Vladimir Putin the middle finger over the Ukraine invasion as she introduced a performance with sign language interpreters.

The actress said: ‘In this performance there are two different interpreters one is signing America Sign Language and one is signing British Sign Language.

‘Luckily though, in all sign languages ​​this is the gesture for Putin,’ before putting her middle finger up for the camera. ‘

Praise: However, despite the backlash, Rebel did garner praise over her decision to give Vladimir Putin the middle finger over the Ukraine invasion

Praise: However, despite the backlash, Rebel did garner praise over her decision to give Vladimir Putin the middle finger over the Ukraine invasion

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