BAFTAs 2019: Joanna Lumley shocks viewers with Ku Klux Klan joke after making ‘terrible’ quips

Joanna Lumley left fans shocked and cringing after performing a collection of ‘terrible jokes’ during her opening speech at the 2019 BAFTAs on Sunday night. 

The Absolutely Fabulous star, 72, was also faced with an awkward silence after she decided to make a joke about the Ku Klax Klan – the American white supremacist hate group.

Picking out some of the stars in the audience who were nominated for awards, Joanna soon turned her focus to the film BlacKkKlansman – which was up for five gongs.

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Awkward: Joanna Lumley's opening speech at the 2019 BAFTAs left fans very uncomfortable after a collection of 'terrible jokes'

Awkward: Joanna Lumley's opening speech at the 2019 BAFTAs left fans very uncomfortable after a collection of 'terrible jokes'

Awkward: Joanna Lumley’s opening speech at the 2019 BAFTAs left fans very uncomfortable after a collection of ‘terrible jokes’

Pointing out the film’s stars Adam Driver and Spike Lee, she said: ‘It’s an incredible film, it’s already won many awards.

‘Although to be honest, I’m surprised it did so well at the Klan film festival…’

The ‘joke’ didn’t go down well with the silent audience, with even Joanna adding: ‘Yes, alright…’ 

Not a fan: In one part of her delivery on stage, the Absolutely Fabulous star, 72, decided to pick out some of the stars in the audience who were nominated for awards

Not a fan: In one part of her delivery on stage, the Absolutely Fabulous star, 72, decided to pick out some of the stars in the audience who were nominated for awards

Not a fan: In one part of her delivery on stage, the Absolutely Fabulous star, 72, decided to pick out some of the stars in the audience who were nominated for awards

Not impressed: Making jokes for each celebrity as she addressed them in her opening speech, Joanna's quip about the film BlacKkKlansman left the audience silent (BlacKkKlansman star Adam Driver pictured on red carpet) 

Not impressed: Making jokes for each celebrity as she addressed them in her opening speech, Joanna's quip about the film BlacKkKlansman left the audience silent (BlacKkKlansman star Adam Driver pictured on red carpet) 

Not impressed: Making jokes for each celebrity as she addressed them in her opening speech, Joanna’s quip about the film BlacKkKlansman left the audience silent (BlacKkKlansman star Adam Driver pictured on red carpet) 

The awkwardness didn’t stop there, with another quip aimed at Stan & Ollie star Steve Coogan leaving the actor visibly cringing.

She referred to an iconic quote used by Laurel and Hardy on film, as she joked: ‘Well, here’s another nice mess you’ve gotten me into!’

Taking to Twitter after the ‘terrible jokes’, fans suggested that she even ‘fire’ the scriptwriter.

One person said: ‘…with absolutely TERRIBLE jokes. Fire whoever wrote that intro immediately! #Cringe.’ (sic) 

A different user put: ‘Dreadful jokes met with silence.’

Silence: Pointing out Adam Driver and Spike Lee (pictured), she said: 'It's an inevitable film, it's already won many awards. I'm surprised it did so well at the Klan film festival...'

Silence: Pointing out Adam Driver and Spike Lee (pictured), she said: 'It's an inevitable film, it's already won many awards. I'm surprised it did so well at the Klan film festival...'

Silence: Pointing out Adam Driver and Spike Lee (pictured), she said: ‘It’s an inevitable film, it’s already won many awards. I’m surprised it did so well at the Klan film festival…’

'Cringe': While another quip aimed at Stan & Ollie star Steve Coogan left him visibly cringing, when she referred to Laurel and Hardy's: 'Well, here's another nice mess you've gotten me into!'

'Cringe': While another quip aimed at Stan & Ollie star Steve Coogan left him visibly cringing, when she referred to Laurel and Hardy's: 'Well, here's another nice mess you've gotten me into!'

‘Cringe’: While another quip aimed at Stan & Ollie star Steve Coogan left him visibly cringing, when she referred to Laurel and Hardy’s: ‘Well, here’s another nice mess you’ve gotten me into!’

Another show watcher commented: ‘Love Joanna Lumley, but it was painful to watch..’ 

A different account put: ‘Terrible – not just bad jokes, terrible delivery. Steve Coogan’s face said it all.’

While another fan added: ‘Sorry BBC…..it was awful.’

Joanna took over the role of BAFTAs host from Stephen Fry last year, becoming the first woman to present the award ceremony alone. 

MailOnline has contacted Joanna’s representative for comment.  

Brutal: Taking to Twitter after the 'terrible jokes', fans suggested that she even 'fire' the scriptwriter

Brutal: Taking to Twitter after the 'terrible jokes', fans suggested that she even 'fire' the scriptwriter

Brutal: Taking to Twitter after the ‘terrible jokes’, fans suggested that she even ‘fire’ the scriptwriter

2019 BAFTA WINNERS

Best Film

Black KkKlansman

Green Book

The Favourite

WINNER: Roma

A Star Is Born

Outstanding British Film  

Beast 

Bohemian Rhapsody 

WINNER: The Favourite 

McQueen 

Stan & Ollie 

You Were Never Really Here 

Best Actor in a Leading Role 

Bradley Cooper – A Star Is Born

Christian Bale – Vice

WINNER: Rami Malek – Bohemian Rhapsody

Steve Coogan – Stan and Ollie

Viggo Mortensen – Green Book

Lavish: Olivia Colman is nominated for Best Leading Actress, while Rachel Weisz is also up for Supporting Actress

Lavish: Olivia Colman is nominated for Best Leading Actress, while Rachel Weisz is also up for Supporting Actress

Lavish: Olivia Colman is nominated for Best Leading Actress, while Rachel Weisz is also up for Supporting Actress

Best Actress in a Leading Role 

Glenn Close – The Wife

Lady Gaga – A Star Is Born

Melissa McCarthy – Can You Ever Forgive Me?

WINNER: Olivia Colman – The Favourite

Viola Davis – Widows

Best Direction  

 Black KkKlansman

Pawel Pawlikowski – Cold War

Yorgos Lanthimos – The Favourite

WINNER: Alfonso Cuarón – Roma

Bradley Cooper – A Star Is Born

Best Actor in a Supporting Role 

Adam Driver – Black KkKlansman

WINNER: Mahershala Ali – Green Book

Richard E Grant – Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Sam Rockwell – Vice

Timothee Chalamet – Beautiful Boy

Winner this time? Gaga will again compete with Glenn Close for The Wife, who beat her at the Golden Globes result

Winner this time? Gaga will again compete with Glenn Close for The Wife, who beat her at the Golden Globes result

Winner this time? Gaga will again compete with Glenn Close for The Wife, who beat her at the Golden Globes result

Best Actress in a Supporting Role 

Amy Adams – Vice

Claire Foy – First Man

Emma Stone – The Favourite

Margot Robbie – Mary, Queen of Scots

WINNER: Rachel Weisz – The Favourite

Outstanding Debut by a British Director, Writer or Producer

Apostasy – Daniel Kokotajlo 

WINNER: Beast – Michael Pearce and Lauren Dark 

A Cambodian Spring – Chris Kelly 

Pili – Leanne Welham and Sophie Harman

Ray & Liz – Richard Billingham and Jacqui Davies 

Best Film Not in the English Language

Capernaum 

Cold War 

Dogman 

WINNER: Roma 

Shoplifters 

Legendary: Incredibles 2 will compete for Best Animated Film

Legendary: Incredibles 2 will compete for Best Animated Film

Legendary: Incredibles 2 will compete for Best Animated Film

Best Short Film

WINNER: 73 Cows

Bachelor

The Blue Door

The Field

Wale

Best Short Animation

I’m OK

Marfa

WINNER: Roughhouse

Best Animated Film

Incredibles 2

Isle of Dogs

WINNER: Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse

British hope: Christian Bale is the favourite to take home Leading Actor for playing Dick Cheney (above) in Vice

British hope: Christian Bale is the favourite to take home Leading Actor for playing Dick Cheney (above) in Vice

British hope: Christian Bale is the favourite to take home Leading Actor for playing Dick Cheney (above) in Vice

Honoured: While Bohemian Rhapsody was snubbed for Best Film, Rami Malek will compete for Leading Actor 

Honoured: While Bohemian Rhapsody was snubbed for Best Film, Rami Malek will compete for Leading Actor 

Honoured: While Bohemian Rhapsody was snubbed for Best Film, Rami Malek will compete for Leading Actor 

Best Documentary

WINNER: Free Solo

McQueen

RBG

They Shall Not Grow Old

Three Identical Strangers

Best Cinematography

Bohemian Rhapsody

Cold War

The Favourite

First Man

WINNER: Roma

Best Sound

WINNER: Bohemian Rhapsody

First Man

Mission: Impossible – Fallout

A Quiet Place

A Star Is Born

Best Film Music

BlackkKlansman

If Beale Street Could Talk

Isle of Dogs

Mary Poppins Returns

WINNER: A Star Is Born

Important: Peter Jackson's acclaimed war film They Shall Not Grow Old is up for Best Documentary

Important: Peter Jackson's acclaimed war film They Shall Not Grow Old is up for Best Documentary

Important: Peter Jackson’s acclaimed war film They Shall Not Grow Old is up for Best Documentary

Best Production Design

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

WINNER: The Favourite

First Man

Mary Poppins Returns

Roma

Best Costume Design

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

Bohemian Rhapsody

WINNER: The Favourite

Mary Poppins Returns

Mary Queen of Scots

Best Editing

Bohemian Rhapsody

The Favourite

First Man

Roma

WINNER: Vice

Best Special Visual Effects

Avengers: Infinity War

WINNER: Black Panther

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

First Man

Ready Player One

Nods: A Star Is Born has scored the same number of BAFTA nominations as its rival Bohemian Rhapsody, with seven chances

Nods: A Star Is Born has scored the same number of BAFTA nominations as its rival Bohemian Rhapsody, with seven chances

Nods: A Star Is Born has scored the same number of BAFTA nominations as its rival Bohemian Rhapsody, with seven chances

Best Makeup and Hair

Bohemian Rhapsody

WINNER: The Favourite

Mary Queen of Scots

Stan & Ollie

Vice

Best Original Screenplay

Cold War

WINNER: The Favourite

Green Book

Roma

Vice

Best Adapted Screenplay

WINNER: BlacKkKlansman

Can You Ever Forgive Me?

First Man

If Beale Street Could Talk

A Star Is Born

BAFTA Rising Star Award  

WINNER: Letitia Wright

Lakeith Stanfield

Barry Keoghan

Cynthia Erivo

Jessie Buckley

 

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