David Walliams was jeered by the audience at the 25th National Television Awards after mocking former Love Island host Caroline Flack.
The 48-year-old Britain's Got Talent judge prompted boos from the crowd at London's O2 Arena after he joked about Flack being the Masked Singer's anonymous Hedgehog.
It was the first time that Walliams had taken on the hosting duties at the ceremony, taking over from Dermot O'Leary.
The Little Britain star faced criticism on social media for 'making the show all about himself' and there was a frosty reception after he took a dig at Caroline Flack.
The Masked Singer's host Joel Dommett and the show's anonymous Hedgehog character joined Walliams on stage to present the best serial drama prize to Emmerdale, which won the gong for a fourth year.
Walliams then returned to the stage, quipping: "Thank you – and so nice to see Caroline Flack back on TV as well."
Caroline had stepped down from the ITV2 dating show following an assault charge and did not attend the event but wished the cast and crew of Love Island luck ahead of the night.
Earlier in the night, Walliams accepted the best TV judge award in his underwear as a nod to Judy Finnigan's famous dress malfunction two decades ago.
TV veteran Finnigan suffered a live wardrobe malfunction during the awards in 2000 when her bra was exposed during an acceptance speech.
Taking to the stage in his pants, Walliams said: "Thank you. This is the moment I will be remembered for.
"When I die, which I will, they will show this clip on the news – me in my pants at the O2.
"Well, they are actually Simon Cowell's pants. I got dressed in a hurry this morning. But tonight is not all about me. I want to thank the person who has been a huge inspiration, I think, for all of us – and he is in the room tonight.
"He won't want me saying this because he is very modest, but I think he has done a brilliant job hosting this evening…
"Please give a huge round of applause for Sir David Walliams."
Judy Finnigan was actually there with husband Richard Madeley to give the live magazine show award to This Morning.
She also referenced the wardrobe malfunction, saying: "It is nice to be back with all my clothes on this time."
The show also saw Walliams secure the prize for best TV judge, Ant and Dec win the award for best television presenter for a 19th time, and This Morning earn the live magazine show gong.
Strictly Come Dancing took home the best talent show gong and Sir Michael Palin paid tribute to his late Monty Python co-star Terry Jones as he accepted the special recognition award.
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