Rob Beckett makes savage Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield joke at Bafta TV awards

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Rob Beckett made a savage joke about Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield during his opening monologue at the 2023 Bafta TV awards on Sunday night (14 May).

The comedian, 37, is co-hosting the biggest night in British television with fellow comic Romesh Ranganathan, 45. Follow live updates on the night here.

At the start of the event at London’s Royal Festival Hall, Beckett told the crowd: “Imelda Staunton is here. It’s exciting, isn’t it?

“She’s nominated for her performance in The Crown. Apparently, Phil and Holly got to watch that a couple of days before everybody else.”

Beckett’s joke was a reference to the This Morning presenters being accused of jumping the queue to see the Queen lying in state last year, which was met with a nationwide backlash.

As the crowd at the Baftas laughed and winced, Ranganathan quipped: “Little bit of edge for you there early doors, guys.”

Willoughby and Schofield have been in the headlines again this week amid rumours that the pair are feuding.

It has been reported that the ITV presenters have had a “falling out” so severe that they “barely speak” off camera.

Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield (PA)
Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield (PA)

Schofield rebuffed the rumours on Thursday (11 May), calling Willoughby his “rock” and assuring fans they remain “the best of friends”.

Winners at the Bafta TV Awards included shows Derry Girls and Bad Sisters as well as actors Kate Winslet (I Am Ruth) and Ben Whishaw (This is Going to Hurt). Find the full list of winners here.

Elsewhere, during the ceremony, hosts Rob Beckett and Romesh Ranganathan cracked a joke about Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield, amid reports of a This Morning feud, and Netflix won an award for one of its most controversial shows.

Bafta has since explained why Robbie Coltrane was omitted from the In Memory Of tribute.