Pop star Robbie Williams was greeted with shocked laughter last night when he made a joke about the police operation launched in the wake of the Jimmy Savile scandal.
The Take That singer made the quip to a room full of celebrities and radio industry insiders at the Sony Awards ceremony, held at the Grosvenor House hotel in central London.
Speaking to the audience before he played a short set at the start of this year's awards, Williams said he had not recognised anyone's names other than his own as he looked at the table plan for the event.
He then added: "Looking from up here, it looks like the stars of Operation Yewtree 2014. Too soon? Too soon."
Myleene Klass, Tulisa and Caroline Flack were just some of the well-known names attending the awards.
Despite being the subject of fevered speculation regarding her future on The X Factor, Tulisa, wearing a skirt, strapless top and her hair in cascading curls, was remaining tight-lipped as to whether she had been axed or not.