Rebel Wilson admitted she was surprised to be asked back to host the 2022 BAFTA Awards after making numerous jibes at the Royal Family with Prince William and Kate Middleton just meters away from her in the front row
Rebel Wilson will return to host the BAFTA Awards tonight – two years after she stole the show with a savage no-holds barred speech that threw a number of punches at the Royal Family amongst other topics.
The Aussie actress and comedian admitted she had been surprised to be asked back to front the show after fearing she’d be ‘cancelled’ over her last gag-filled speech.
In 2020 the Pitch Perfect star had viewers in stitches as she let rip with jibes at Princes Andrew and Harry – all with Prince William and Kate Middleton sitting just meters from her in the front row.
The royal couple were seen nervously grinning in their seats as a number of unfortunate headlines surrounding their family members were made light of in front of the Royal Albert Hall’s star-studded audience.
The incredible moment came as Rebel arrived on stage to present the award for best director.
Starting as she meant to go on, Rebel first took aim at those who were nominated.
“I look at the exceptional, daring talent nominated in this category and I don’t think I could do what they do,” Rebel said of the all-male nominees. “Honestly, I just don’t have the balls,” she dead-panned.
The actress then ‘mistakingly’ referred to the Royal Albert Hall as the ‘Royal Andrew Hall’ , with the Duke having been accused of sleeping with a 17-year-old girl who was trafficked by his paedophile friend Jeffrey Epstein.
The civil claim was denied by Andrew and later settled with no admission.
After Rebel made the joke, the camera spanned the royal couple who smiled awkwardly.
She went on to poke fun at her movie Cats – which bombed at the box office, sexism in the movie industry and the BAFTA’s attempt to go eco-friendly.
Rebel started off: “Good evening distinguished guests and those who don’t identify as that. It is really great to be here at the Royal Andrew… Royal Harry… Royal Phillip… this royal palace place.”
“I was just told backstage that no one’s getting a massive gift bag tonight, yep, instead you’re all getting a gifting wallet which is funny because that’s also the nickname of my vagina.
“So maybe it is me who will win best original score at the after party tonight.”
She then joked that her gown was made up of two dresses sewn together to be ‘more sustainable’ , ‘one of which was from the funeral of the movie Cats,’ she added.
“Cats, strangely not nominated for any awards. I’m not sure if everyone here is across the controversy but this year there has been a distinct lack of nominations for felines,” she told the star-studded audience.
She then held the BAFTA in front of her mouth, saying: “What a great way to stop yourself from getting coronavirus.”
Rebel four minute stint at the podium had the star-studded audience in stitches with many seen visibly cackling in their seats.
It also prompted a huge response from viewers at home, with many calling for Rebel to host the entire show one year.
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Fast-forward two years and Rebel accepted the honor of fronting the prestigious film ceremony, after last year’s show was put online due to the Covid lockdown.
Luckily for Rebel, the royal couple won’t be in the crowd on Sunday evening as they have already confirmed they won’t be attending this year
Ahead of hosting Sunday night’s gig, Rebel admitted she was fearful about being ‘cancelled’ with a few of her jokes.
“Your head is on the chopping block as the host, which is a bit scary. I get very nervous,” she told the Radio Times.
“It’s a very hard time for comedians, because what can you say without being cancelled?” she asked.