Graham Norton fans furious he didn't win TV BAFTA as Sheridan Smith fans raging at 'technical difficulties' joke
Published 09/05/2016 | 10:38
Graham Norton fans are not happy that he lost out on the TV BAFTA for best entertainment performance to Leigh Francis.
Francis bagged the gong for ITV's Celebrity Juice ahead of BBC One's The Graham Norton Show.
The Irish star was hosting the show and had to return to the podium following Francis' acceptance speech.
Norton (53) clapped enthusiastically and said, "Yeah, give it up. He is good.
GRAHAM NORTON DIDN'T WIN A BAFTA, I AM NOT HAPPY— lois lame (@lowarctic) May 8, 2016
"That had kept me going. I may collapse now. 'At least I might win an award near the end', but now I haven't!"
Tom Hiddleston consoled him by saying he had won an award "in my heart".
However, viewers were not impressed that Norton lost out on the BAFTA, and some were particularly galled he lost out to Celebrity Juice.
Norton did manage to ruffle a few feathers with his opening monologue, and his quip about Sheridan Smith.
Graham Norton deserved a BAFTA!!— SILLY_PIE. (@SlxttyShawn) May 8, 2016
The 34-year-old actress had reportedly slurred her words during the opening of her show Funny Girl on the West End.
'Technical difficulties' were blamed when the show had to be cancelled. Norton said, "We're all excited for a couple of drinks tonight. Or as it's known in theatrical circles, a few glasses of 'technical difficulties'."
It irritates me that Graham Norton didn't win the bafta. He so deserves it!— kelly bowyer (@keljbow) May 8, 2016
The actress was not impressed by the joke and neither were her fans, who also took to Twitter to slam Norton.
However, many others found the joke hilarious.
They gave a bafta to celebrity juice?!? Good god. Graham Norton was robbed #BAFTA— Jude Rawlings (@JudeRawlings) May 8, 2016
Graham Norton funnier in his link than Leigh Francis's speech. #BAFTAs— Louise Hector (@louisehector) May 8, 2016
Wow the Graham Norton dig aimed at Sheridan Smith was harsh. #BAFTATV— Andrew Wright (@AndrewWright5) May 8, 2016
As far as I'm concerned Graham Norton can throw shade on anyone else but leave my Queen Sheridan Smith alone.— Victoria Finan (@victoriafinan) May 8, 2016
Sheridan Smith must be biting her lip me thinks. Very funny Graham Norton— david falconbridge (@davidfalconman) May 8, 2016