While hosting the 2019 Brit Awards at London’s 02 Arena, U.K. comedian Jack Whitehall didn’t let anyone off the hook as he teased and taunted the stars in attendance.
Everyone from Shawn Mendes to Drake to Prince Philip had their time in the spotlight.
Prince Philip had a car accident last month, so, while introducing Little Mix, Whitehall said, “Girl bands tend to crash and burn quicker than Prince Philip on a country drive… but our next performers have bucked the trend.”
He then brought out former One Direction member Liam Payne, who is rumoured to be dating Naomi Campbell. “His name is Payne… which is what he’ll be in if he crosses her,” Whitehall teased.
Whitehall told Simon Cowell his surgeon would have “to put a brave face on him” if Little Mix — who recently left his record label — won any awards.
Drake went home with the International Male award but wasn’t there to receive it. “Don’t give it to Drake, he never turns up, give it to Shawn Mendes, he bunked off school for this,” the host said of the Pickering singer, who actually was in attendance.
Mendes got the worst of the taunting. After bringing up the fact that Mendes, 20, was not old enough to drink at the Grammys (he is old enough to imbibe in the U.K.), Whitehall asked the audience:
“Who, ladies and gentlemen, has seen Mr. Mendes’ new underwear campaign?”
The crowd cheered Mendes’ Calvin Klein ad. “For those of you that haven’t, I’ve actually got it here as my screensaver,” Whitehall revealed.
Mendes clearly looked uncomfortable at this point, to which Whitehall advised him not to be embarrassed if he likes to “rock out with [his] jock out.”
The audience could hardly keep it together but an onlooker told the Mirror, “Jack’s jokes may have got a big laugh, but everyone in the auditorium could see that Shawn was clearly mortified. After his gags, Shawn went red, and had his head in his hands.”
Whitehall still had some left in him, warning the “Stitches” singer that “the O2 security are pretty hot on suspicious packages.”
Fans of Mendes were not impressed by the jokes, turning to Twitter to share their thoughts on Whitehall’s jibes.
Mendes was also asked to read thirst tweets about his campaign on the red carpet. “I’m happy you just brought in the clean ones, those are all safe,” he said.