BAFTA viewers divided over format shake-up and demand Alison Hammond hosts show

BAFTA viewers divided over format shake-up and demand Alison Hammond hosts show

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    BBC viewers demand for TV presenter Alison Hammond, 48, to front a future BAFTAs ceremony.

    Fans on social media praised the This Morning presenter as she co-hosted the prestigious ceremony alongside Richard E Grant at London's Royal Albert Hall on Sunday (February 19) evening.

    Alison was backstage and chatted with various celebrities, including Austin Butler, Martin Freeman, and Geri Halliwell Horner, to get their reaction to the ceremony.

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    The BAFTAs have traditionally been pre-recorded before being edited and broadcast on BBC One.

    However, this year's producers switched things up as the final four awards were broadcast live for the first time ever as Alison remained backstage to get the inside scoop.

    Following the show, viewers took to Twitter and said she should return next year as the main presenter and was even called her "perfect host" by one fan.

    One viewer tweeted: "Next year, they need to give our girl Alison Hammond the main presenting gig! None of this co-presenter nonsense."

    While another chimed in with: "Love Alison, but these interviews are just odd and definitely not needed.

    A third critiqued: "Well, for me, that format just didn't work. Just make Alison Hammond the main host."

    As a fourth commented: "I'd really love an Alison Hammond chat show. She'd be great at it. Not sure breaking up the #baftas with it is the right format, though."

    It comes after an eventful night for entertainment and showbiz as the event celebrated the very best in film and TV.

    As the evening got underway, host Richard made a sly dig at Will Smith's Oscar's slap before getting incredibly emotional as the ceremony honoured late stars from the industry.

    A whole list of stars took home prestigious gongs, from Austin Butler winning Leading Actor for Elvis to Barry Keoghan winning Best Supporting Actor for his role in The Banshees of Inisherin.

    Meanwhile, Prince William was also in the building alongside his wife, Kate, as the Royal figure reportedly became emotional after a tribute by Dame Helen Mirren was made about his late grandmother, the Queen.

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