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Entertainment Great British Bake Off return sparks hundreds of Ofcom complaints over Boris Johnson parody

16:25  24 september  2020
16:25  24 september  2020 Source:   walesonline.co.uk

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However, Tuesday night's debut episode was hit with an outpouring of complaints as a number of viewers wrote to Ofcom.

Not only were fans left cross about the Channel 4 show being pushed back by 15 minutes as the Prime Minister addressed the nation, but also over new host Matt Lucas' Boris Johnson parody at the start of the show, MEN reports.

TV watchdog Ofcom confirmed it has received more than 200 complaints about the show, with the majority of them referring to the PM comedy sketch.

In the sketch - which you can watch above - Little Britain star and new GBBO host, Matt Lucas, kicked off the new series by delivering a speech while dressed up as the Prime Minister.

Matt Lucas wearing a suit and tie in front of a flag © Channel 4

The 46-year-old stood in front of a podium, which read: "Stay Alert, Bake Cake, Save Loaves", while judges Prue Leith and Paul Hollywood stood either side of him.

"Good evening, let's get straight to it." He told viewers.

"We are now approaching phase 46 which means that from Tuesday morning or Wednesday evening, depending on your height, we are saying, with regards to baking, that if you must bake in a tent, bake in a tent, but please don’t bake in a tent…"

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He quipped: "We are asking people to use common sense with regards to the distribution of the hundreds and thousands."

But while many fans watching from home took to social media to praise the show, it clearly hit a nerve with others.

"BEST. SERIES OPENING. EVER," one simply praised.

Another said: "I think Matt Lucas has just absolutely made 2020."

"In an incredible turn of events, #bakeoff @BritishBakeOff opened with matt lucas as bojo and I've fallen even more in love with the show and @Channel4," added a third.

A fourth also said: "That opening for #GBBO by #mattlucas was so hilariously perfect. Been waiting for #BakeOff all day and it's started fabulously."

But it wasn't all positive.

"Dear God, #BakeOff, what were you thinking? Can't you imagine how anyone with family or friends suffering from Covid must feel looking at that insensitive opening?" wrote one.

Another said: "Simply not funny this time around and poor taste #switchingoff."

The stars’ first jobs: from janitor to giant banana .
The stars’ first jobs: from janitor to giant banana

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