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GQ Men of the Year Awards: Jack Whitehall dubs 2020 a ‘s**tastrophe’: ‘How long ago does Tiger King feel?’

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Jack Whitehall hosted 2020’s GQ Men of the Year Awards (Picture: PA)

Jack Whitehall used his GQ Men of the Year Awards 2020 in association with Hugo Boss opening monologue to lay into the government as well as the star-studded Imagine video as he lamented the ‘s**tastrophe’ of 2020.

The comedian, 32, was filmed speaking to an empty auditorium, saying: ‘We are here at the stunning Coliseum Theatre. Ah theatres, do you remember them? No, me neither.

‘We were actually really lucky with this place as it was booked for the Bond premiere, so we got it at a bargain.

‘2020 has of course been a year like no other. A global pandemic, the Black Lives Matter movement, the UK Government deciding it was time to stop feeding children, not to mention a squatter in the White House and finally the hope of a long-awaited vaccine.

‘Look at it this way, how long ago does Tiger King feel?’

The GQ Men Of The Year Awards were able to be held in a socially-distanced format this year, with Jack adding: ‘We are going to celebrate some of the people that have given us just that glimmer of hope in the epic s**tastrophe that is 2020.’

Jack also tore into the celeb-studded viral rendition of Imagine which emerged at the start of the pandemic and featured Gal Gadot, Natalie Portman, Jamie Dornan, Sia and more.

Jack told viewers they would be replaying the video in honour of the key workers who kept the country going, but when he went to start it the music wouldn’t play.

GQ Men of the Year Awards 2020 winners

Inspiration – Captain Sir Tom Moore

Lifetime Achievement – Ozzy Osbourne

Peroni Breakthrough Designer – Daniel W Fletcher

Hugo Boss Breakthrough Actor – Paul Mescal   

Design Legend – Tommy Hilfiger

Maddox Gallery Artist – Charlie Mackesy

Icon – John Boyega  

Hugo Boss Breakthrough Actress – Lashana Lynch

Campaigner – Marcus Rashford

Game Changer – Lewis Hamilton

TV Personality – Piers Morgan

Solo Artist – Shawn Mendes  

Humanitarian – Patrick Hutchinson

Creative Icon – Michaela Coel

Pretending to struggle to get the video to work, he asked: ‘Don’t you want to hear the millionaires singing the beautiful ballad?’

This year’s awards saw Lewis Hamilton, Captain Sir Tom Moore and Lewis Hamilton among the honourees.

It comes after it was announced that a complaint about a joke during Jack’s 2009 Live At The Apollo about dwarves would be upheld.

The BBC’s statement said that while the comedian was allowed to exaggerate stereotypes ‘for comic effect’, he could not ‘take a stereotypical view of dwarfism itself’.

 


Credit: Original article published here.

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