Stacey Solomon hits back at BAFTA TV Awards hosts after they mock Joe Swash

Stacey Solomon and Joe Swash
Stacey Solomon stuck up for Joe Swash after BAFTA hosts Rob Beckett and Romesh Ranganathan took a swipe -Credit:John Phillips/Getty Images

Stacey Solomon had a cheeky retort ready when BAFTA TV Awards hosts took a playful jab at her husband, Joe Swash. The 34-year-old 'Loose Women' star was on hand to present the award for Factual Entertainment at Sunday's (May 12) star-studded event.

Before she could grace the stage, hosts Rob Beckett and Romesh Ranganathan couldn't resist a light-hearted dig at Joe. Romesh quipped: "Next is the award for Factual Entertainment and to present it is the host of Sort Your Life Out."

Rob chimed in with: "Which is a bit much coming from the person who married Joe Swash. Could you please welcome the national treasure, Stacey Solomon." Unfazed, Stacey responded and said: "He's not that bad.", reports the Liverpool Echo.

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She then shared with the audience her delight at being out and about, away from her five children "and a Joe Swash". After presenting the nominees, the award was scooped up by 'Celebrity Race Across the World'.

The duo, who hosted the ceremony for the second consecutive time, opened the show with a monologue featuring a host of “topical” gags. “Deal Or No Deal returned with Stephen Mulhern as the host, although thanks to Liz Truss the banker hasn’t been able to offer him anything lower than a 17% five-year fixed rate,” Ranganathan joked, referencing Britain’s shortest-serving prime minister.

Last month, Ms Truss again refused to apologise for the banking crisis, pointing out that “mortgage rates have gone up across the world”, and reiterated her criticism of Bank of England Governor Andrew Bailey.

Beckett continued the opening monologue: “At the end of last year, Ncuti Gatwa became the 15th incarnation of Doctor Who. "At least someone could get a doctor’s appointment – am I right guys?” Ranganathan joked.

Beckett said “here we go, did someone order double politics”, to which Ranganathan replied: “A little bit of topical.”