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Jack Whitehall’s Queen joke might end up costing him job as NTA presenter

Written on:January 3, 2024
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Ofome received around 165 complaints on drunk Jack Whitehall who cracked lewd joke on the Queen

Jack Whitehall’s lewd Queen joke on Channel 4 programme ‘Big Quiz of The Year’ has caused public outrage, which is piling pressure on his ouster as the presenter for the National Television Award (NTA). Despite protests from the members of public, with Ofcom believed to have received around 165 complaints, Channel 4 is going ahead with a repeat telecast of the controversial show tonight at 11.35pm.

The ‘Big Quiz of The Year’ featured crass jokes on many famous personalities including Barack Obama, sprinter Usain Bolt, singer Susan Boyle, apart from the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh. The pre-recorded show, presented by Jimmy Carr featured Jack Whitehall, James Cordon and talk show host Jonathan Ross.

Drunk to the tee, Jack Whitehall and James Corden targeted the cult figures with their tasteless humour, which has angered public immensely. Jack Whitehall’s coarse joke on the Queen was on the Diamond Jubilee celebrations: “I have a theory. She [the Queen] didn’t sit down for the entirety of that thing, and people were talking about that. It was the day after the night of her anniversary and Prince Philip woke up with a urinary infection … I’m just saying what everyone’s thinking, people.”

Surprisingly, the ‘Big Quiz of The Year’ was cleared to be aired by Channel 4 lawyers, but after the public outcry over Jack Whitehall’s unpalatable joke on the Queen and the Duke, the co-executive producer of the National Television Awards, George Mitchell, called for a meeting to decide on whether Jack Whitehall would host the NTA show or not. George Mitchell said that he would want to give Jack Whitehall a chance to “bow out gracefully” from the event.

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15 Comments add one

  1. James says:

    For all the money the queen earns of the public i think we have a right to take the piss,i certainly wouldnt mind

  2. Eve says:

    Umm guys, Whitehall literally stated facts…Prince Phillip DID have a urinary infection and the Queen DIDN’T sit down for the whole boat parade. So what if he joked about that? It’s not as if they’ve never had sex.

  3. ohffs says:

    get a grip, there is no public outcry (165 complaints despite this sort of coverage). It’s a manufactured outrage being driven by stories like this. The Royals deserve no more and no less respect than anyone else. Grow up

  4. Will says:

    Someone being fired for exercising his right to free speech is a much greater insult to the country than a comedian making jokes about things.

  5. Callum says:

    This is once again a case of the papers creating the controversy. The initial show inspired less than a dozen complaints, the rest came after an article in the Daily Mail that condemned the show. This alone shows that the majority of the complaints were from people who didn’t watch the original airing of the show, and so are completely without substance. Comedians are there to make jokes and to push the boundariesm, If you don’t like it, don’t watch it. And if you haven’t watched it, certainly don’t complain about it.

  6. Edge says:

    Or you can all get over it.

    No one is offensive. People take offence. He’s a comedian. No one is above being poked fun at. Get over yourselves.

  7. Tom White says:

    ‘Angered the public immensely’. Really? How many complaints has Channel 4 received precisely? About 80 wasn’t it?

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  8. Terry says:

    This is unsurprising….

  9. The Queen says:

    I command each and every one of my loyal subjects to ‘pipe the fuck down’ and get off your high-horses…

    It was a joke and as such should not be taken seriously.

    Young Jack is, ultimately, a good lad.

    Best wishes,


  10. John #2 says:

    They weren’t drunk, they had a glass of wine each so immediately this article is wrong…. Channel 4 warned viewers in advance that material was of an adult nature. If people take offence so easily than they shouldn’t watch shows with this kind of warning.

  11. Andy says:

    Nothing about the act was graceful and to expect grace from such crass people is stupidity. Just drop him out of the show.

  12. Gary says:

    How could they air this? It’s such an insult to the country.

  13. John says:

    Why were drunk presenters put on air in the first place?

  14. Tim says:

    Disgraceful of him to have cracked such a joke on the Queen. The show must be taken off air with due respect to the Royals.

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