Lee Mack hits back at calls for him to be 'cancelled' over NTAs joke

Lee Mack hits back at ‘offended’ viewers who called for him to be ‘cancelled’ over his Jill Scott sex toy joke at the National Television Awards

Lee Mack has hit back after he offended viewers during Tuesday’s live broadcast of the National Television Awards.

The stand-up comedian, 55, appeared on stage when his programme, The 1% Club, won the Quiz Game Show award.

After being presented the gong by former footballer Jill Scott, 36, things quickly went downhill when he quipped that the award resembled an X-rated item. 

In attempt to poke fun at the Lioness, he joked: ‘To receive a sex toy like this off Jill Scott is an absolute pleasure.’

Viewers immediately took to X – formerly known as Twitter – to comment on the controversial joke – with ‘cancel Lee Mack’ briefly trending. 

Not taking any criticism: Lee Mack has hit back after he offended viewers during Tuesday’s live broadcast of the National Television Awards 

Yet speaking to The Sun after the ceremony, Lee took a swipe at offended viewers and said: ‘My job as a stand-up comedian is to take the mickey out of the contestants.

‘I decided never to be too cheesy with it. I just wanted to try to have a bit of a laugh.

‘It’s just like a gig, especially to 100 people. That was most of my Edinburgh Fringe shows back in the early days to 100 people.

‘It’s quite an intimate laugh and the one thing is the audience really can take it, you can take the mickey out of them.

‘It’s the people who are watching who get offended, not the audience. They’re always OK about it.’

Lee had also raised eyebrows with a joke about diversity in his acceptance speech.

He quipped: ‘I want to thank all the nominees because they are all brilliant. I’d like to thank Michael McIntyre, Richard Osman and Bradley Walsh, proving if you get really funny people to host a show it’s a really good idea.

‘It also shows diversity targets are really working, doesn’t it? Doesn’t matter if you are 5ft6 or 7ft9, it’s for everyone… That would have worked better for the BAFTAs.’

Under fire: Lee made a joke about receiving a sex toy from Jill Scott after she and Mo Gilligan presented the comedian with the Quiz Game Show award 

Shock: Viewers immediately took to X – formerly known as Twitter – to comment on the controversial joke – with ‘cancel Lee Mack’ briefly trending

Taking to X during the speech, shocked viewers shared: ‘I couldn’t tell if Lee Mack’s joke at the #NTAs was a dig at the lack of diversity in that category or him opposing people hiring those from diverse backgrounds to host. Seeing the way he blanked Mo unfortunately makes me think he meant the latter’; 

 ‘I am sure the diversity joke was very, very funny … in Lee Mack’s head’, while a different viewer typed: ‘Just seen the snowflake lot are trying to cancel Lee Mack, comedians can’t be comedians anymore’;

‘Well Lee Mack is gonna get cancelled now’; ‘I am sure the diversity joke was very, very funny… in Lee Mack’s head’; ‘watching lee mack trying to be funny is just painful #NTAs’; 

‘Well lee mack is gonna get cancelled now #NTAs’; ‘Gutted lee Mack won and cruelly made jokes on stage at someone else’s expense. Be gracious and be kind #NTAs.’

National Television Awards 2023:                       ALL THE WINNERS

New Drama

Beyond Paradise

Blue Lights

Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story

Wednesday- WINNER


Reality Competition

Love Island

Race Across the World

SAS: Who Dares Wins

The Traitors – WINNER


Authored Documentary

Deborah James: Bowelbabe in Her Own Words

Lewis Capaldi: How I’m Feeling Now – WINNER

Matt Willis: Fighting Addiction

Rob Burrow: Living with MND


Returning Drama

Call the Midwife

Happy Valley -WINNER

 Stranger Things



TV Presenter

Alison Hammond

Ant & Dec – WINNER

 Bradley Walsh

Claudia Winkleman

Martin Lewis



Clarkson’s Farm

Paul O’Grady: For The Love Of Dogs – WINNER

Sort Your Life Out

The Martin Lewis Money Show Live


Drama Performance

Brenda Blethyn, DCI Vera Stanhope, Vera 

India Amarteifio, Young Queen Charlotte, Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story

James Norton, Tommy Lee Royce, Happy Valley

Judy Parfitt, Sister Monica Joan, Call The Midwife

Sarah Lancashire, Catherine Cawood, Happy Valley – WINNER


The Bruce Forsyth Entertainment Award

Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway

Gogglebox – WINNER

I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!

The Masked Singer

Serial Drama

Coronation Street

EastEnders – WINNER




TV Interview 

Louis Theroux Interviews…

Piers Morgan Uncensored

The Chris & Rosie Ramsey Show

The Graham Norton Show – WINNER


Serial Drama Performance

Charlotte Jordan, Daisy Midgeley, Coronation Street

Danielle Harold, Lola Pearce-Brown, EastEnders – WINNER

Dominic Brunt, Paddy Kirk, Emmerdale

Maureen Lipman, Evelyn Plummer, Coronation Street


Quiz Game Show

Michael McIntyre’s The Wheel

Richard Osman’s House Of Games

The 1% Club – WINNER

The Chase Celebrity Special


Rising Star

Benjamin Chivers, Isaac, The Devil’s Hour

Bobby Brazier, Freddie Slater, EastEnders – WINNER

Channique Sterling-Brown, Dee-Dee Bailey, Coronation Street

Lewis Cope, Nicky Milligan, Emmerdale



Loose Women

The Chase

The Repair Shop – WINNER

This Morning





Ted Lasso

Young Sheldon- WINNER


Talent Show

Britain’s Got Talent

Strictly Come Dancing – WINNER

The Great British Bake Off

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