At tonight’s award ceremony, David quipped about the 40-year-old’s absence from the screen.
It all kicked off when he was joined by The Masked Singer‘s The Hedgehog, who came onstage with Joel Dommett to present an award.
After they exited the stage, David said: “Thank you, Joel, and so nice to see Caroline Flack back on TV as well.”
The audience understood the remark as a dig made against the former Love Island star and remained silent.
Once viewers heard the comment, they took to Twitter to point out that the joke had “backfired”, noticing the tumbleweeds throughout London’s O2 arena.
One said: “Well David’s joke about Caroline Flack backfired.”
A second claimed: “Walliams just made a joke about Caroline Flack and someone from the audience shouted ‘shut up’.”
And a third remarked: “That was bang out of order what David has just said about Caroline.”
Piers Morgan got involved in the drama, saying: “Walliams’ nasty little dig at Caroline Flack went down like a lead balloon.
“A bit like his entire hosting performance tonight.”
Flack was arrested in her North London home last December.
She was charged with assault by beating before pleading not guilty to the charges at Highbury and Islington’s Magistrates court.
The former X Factor host was replaced by pal Laura Whitmore as the presenter on this year’s Winter Love Island, which debuted earlier this month.
She wished Laura good luck ahead of the series premiere, saying: “Massive good luck to Laura, Iain and the team for tonight’s launch show.
“The first one always best the one. Caroline x.”
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