Amanda Holden in hot water after rushing to defend BGT star over backlash
Amanda Holden under fire for defending a ITV Britain’s Got Talent comic’s controversial jokes. ITV Britain's Got Talent judge Amanda defended comedian Markus Birdman over a joke about following children and one about his 13-year-old daughter playing a prostitute in a play.
During his set, Markus joked: "You don't know fatherly pride until you see your then-13 year old daughter play a 'lady of the night' and absolutely nail it." He continued: "Any women here? I no longer make jokes at the expense of women, which is a shame, because I had some really good ones."
Later, he spoke about "following your dreams". He added: "Dreams are like children, if you follow them too long, people get very suspicious."
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Amanda defended the comic, saying: "For all the wokery and all the snowflakes out there, I applaud you because this is the way forward not the other way. Well done." Speaking to host Ant McPartin after his set on the Hammersmith Apollo stage, Birdman said: "It's beautiful to play here thank you so much."
Simon Cowell pressed his buzzer during the set and said: "Why are you booing me? You weren't laughing. That was the whole point. When we sit here, I gauge the reaction most of the time from what you hear behind us. Whether you're a singer, dancer, comedian, and yeah, and if you're a comedian how loud is the audience laughing?
"And compared to the comedian we had last night... not enough and that is the reason I buzzed you." On Twitter, one viewer wrote: "Nervous performance, nothing edgy or controversial to see here." Pat agreed, writing: "He just wasn't funny though..."
"For one she has actually said something that is helpful and true - don’t often compliment her but very well said," Black said. Kat said: "I found his performance painful to watch, he was clearly nervous and the material wasn't funny I agree with Simon for pressing the buzzer but i wonder if it made the situation worse he seemed to lose..."