Amanda Holden tells cerebral palsy teen she has ‘funny bones’ in awkard gaffe
Britain's Got Talent judge Amanda Holden was left looking red-faced after a "funny bones" gaffe about a comedy contestant who has cerebral palsy.
The third round of live semi-finals on Wednesday (June 1) saw teenager Eva Abley take to the stage at London's Hammersmith Apollo as she performed another comedy act.
The 14-year-old had the judging panel and the live audience in stitches as she told jokes, including several digs at Simon Cowell including his past use of Botox and a bike accident in 2020 which put him in hospital after breaking his back.
Holden went on to give the teen positive feedback. "Oh my goodness me, every single one was a banger!" she said, before adding: "You have got funny bones, there's nothing else to say."
However, Amanda quickly remembered that she was talking to a person who has cerebral palsy, which can affect the ability to move and maintain balance and posture, and is the most common motor disability in childhood.
Holden said: "You know what I mean, that wasn't a joke! You've got it in your blood, you are naturally funny. Every single joke was a winner darling, and I looked at you and every single moment was funny. You are so refreshing, so genuine, you're incredible."
Holden's gaffe was picked up by BGT fans watching at home and they took to Twitter to comment.
One said: "Amanda really does say the wrong thing all the time #bgt," while another tweeted: "Amanda has had a 'mare there #BGT."
Another viewer posted: "Live TV at its finest… Amanda Holden says to the comedian with cerebral palsy “you have funny bones, it’s in your blood!' #BGT."
One also asked: "Did Amanda Holden just tell a girl with cerebral palsy that they have funny bones? #BGT."
A different fan said: "Funny bones… it's in your blood.. f—— hell don't bully her Amanda #BGT," while another added: "Amanda foot in mouth… again… funny bones #bgt."
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