Danny Dyer shocks Olivier Awards audience with cheeky joke about the Duchess of Cornwall… and ITV cut it from their coverage
Danny Dyer shocked audiences at the Olivier Awards on Sunday when he made a ‘cheeky’ joke about the Duchess of Cornwall as he presented a prestigious prize.
Speaking as he presented the award for Best Revival, Danny said: ‘Shout out to the Duchess up there. No Charlie tonight I see. I’ll pop up and see you later.’
Cheeky: Danny Dyer shocked audiences at the Olivier Awards on Sunday when he made a ‘cheeky’ joke about the Duchess of Cornwall as he presented a prestigious prize
ITV decided to cut the actor’s joke from its coverage of the event when it aired later on Sunday night, the Sun reported.
An insider said the decision was made because ‘it could have upset the Duchess’ if the moment was repeated.
A source said: ‘Danny’s known for his cheeky humour but bosses were hoping he’d keep it in check — especially as Camilla was in the audience.
Prestigious: The EastEnders actor, 41, made the flirtatious joke about the guest of honour when he was on stage at the Royal Albert Hall in London
‘The ceremony is very formal so anything close to the line makes producers nervous. Some saw his gag as a step too far. It had to be cut from the final broadcast, no question. It could have upset the Duchess.’
The actor had also ruffled feathers earlier in the night when he broke protocol by smoking on the red carpet.
A representative for Danny has been contacted for comment.
Joker: Speaking as he presented the award for Best Revival, Danny said: ‘Shout out to the Duchess up there. No Charlie tonight I see. I’ll pop up and see you later’
Pulled: ITV decided to cut the actor’s joke from its coverage of the event when it aired later on Sunday night
Come From Away, Company and The Inheritance came out top at the coveted ceremony when they each took home four accolades.
Musical Come From Away, about the Newfoundland town of Gander that hosted thousands of travelers stranded by canceled flights after 9/11, won Best New Musical at Britain’s equivalent of Broadway’s Tony Awards.
The show, which is currently at the Phoenix Theatre, also won the Outstanding Achievement in Music award and Kelly Devine took home the prize for Best Theatre Choreographer.
Upset: An insider said the decision was made because ‘it could have upset the Duchess’ if the moment was repeated
Winner: West End productions of Company, Come From Away and The Inheritance each took home four awards (Pictured, Company’s Patti LuPone who won Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Musical)
Come From Away’s Gareth Owen was presented the Royal Albert Hall Award for Best Sound Design.
A gender-switched production of Stephen Sondheim’s Company also won big in categories including Best Musical Revival.
Jonathan Bailey, who performed as Jamie in the show, picked up his first ever Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Musical.
Champions: Come From Away’s Kelly Devine (left) took home the prize for Outstanding Achievement in Music and Kyle Soller (right) won Best Actor for his role in The Inheritance
Star: Also in attendance at the star-studded Olivier Awards was Waitress lead Katherine McPhee
And two-time Grammy Award winner Patti LuPone took home the prize for Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Musical for her part in the re-imagined show.
The musical, which starred Rosalie Craig, also won the Blue-i Theatre Technology Award for Best Set Design.
Epic gay-history drama The Inheritance won four of its eight nominations at the Oliviers this year – including the American Airlines Best New Play Award.
First time nominee Kyle Soller won Best Actor for his role in Matthew Lopez’s play.
The Inheritance also won the White Light Award for Best Lighting Design and the Sir Peter Hall Award for Best Director.
Nominee: Gillian Anderson was also spotted at the event after she received a Best Actress nomination for her work in All About Eve