The controversial quip was changed to something a little less offensive
Jack Whitehall’s original joke about Rag ‘n’ Bone Man was cut last minute at the BRITs and changed to something a little more viewer friendly.
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Whitehall hosted the BRIT awards for the first time on Wednesday (Feb 21st). He followed the likes of Ant & Dec, Dermot O’Leary and Emma Willis and James Corden who have all hosted in recent years.
The show was packed full of Whitehall’s jokes. He opened the show by parodying ‘Man’s Not Hot’ with Big Shaq and poked fun at the likes of Little Mix, Niall Horan, Olly Murs and This Morning’s Holly and Phil.
However, one joke about Rag ‘n’ Bone man was seemingly too offensive and was cut at the last minute.
According to The Telegraph’s art editor Anita Singh, as well as viewers watching at home with subtitles, the initial jibe was changed to something different.
“I can see Jack Whitehall’s autocue from my seat. It said Rag’n’Bone Man has ‘the beard of a hate cleric’ but he changed it to ‘wizard’,” Anita Singh tweeted.
Viewers watching at home were quick to agree with her, with one replying: “I can confirm @jackwhitehall was supposed to say ‘hate cleric’ if you were watching at home and using subtitles!” You can see those tweets below.
The BRIT awards and Jack Whitehall are yet to comment on the claims.
Whitehall also had some rubbish thrown at him during the ceremony. He was meant to interview the Foo Fighters – who won Best International Group and performed on the night – but they were nowhere to be seen.
While announcing that they would instead go to ad break, Whitehall was hit by what seemed to be rubbish thrown by a fan.