Gary Lineker branded traitor as BAFTA TV hosts poke fun at BBC controversy

BAFTAS: Rob and Romesh mock Holly and Phil with joke

Rob Beckett and Romesh Ranganathan joked Gary Lineker was a “traitor” as they poked fun at the Match of the Day controversy earlier this year.

Rob joked: “A few months back we were left hoping that The Traitors would be making a swift return to BBC One.

“Well that’s what some of the papers called the Match Of The Day presenters anyway. Are we edgy? I think we might be edgy.”

The joke was, of course, in reference to Gary being briefly suspended as host of Match Of The Day in March over his criticism of the Government’s asylum policy on Twitter.

He returned to air following a boycott by top on-air talent at the broadcaster.

Pundits and presenters dropping out of a host of football shows in solidarity with Lineker prompted two days of disruption to TV and radio schedules.

Gary wasn’t the only star who was mocked by the hosts as Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield were also savaged over “queue-gate”.

Gesturing to Imelda Staunton, who is in the running for Best Actress for her role as the late Queen in The Crown, Rob said: “She’s nominated for her performance in The Crown.

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“Apparently, Holly and Phil got to watch that a couple of days before everybody else.”

Romesh added: “A little bit of edge for you, early doors.”

The This Morning hosts were criticised on social media after they saw the late Queen lying in state without taking part in the public queue.

The pair insisted they “would never jump a queue” and they were there to report on the event.

Meanwhile, BBC viewers were far from impressed with the opening of the awards which saw DJ Jax Jones and Calum Scott perform.

@bowes_louise posted: “This start is very cringy and most of the audience look uncomfortable #BAFTATVAwards.”

“So random to have a random pop song to open the show and just cutting to all the celebs who are very much just sat still awkwardly watching #BAFTATVAwards,” @AMG_Review tweeted.

@LelJoyce asked: “Is this opening song a tribute to Finding Nemo? #BAFTATVAwards.”

@amiescool posted: “This audience dead faced is killing me #BAFTATVAwards.”

BAFTA TV Awards airs on BBC One on Sunday at 7pm and is available to catch up on BBC iPlayer.

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