Rebel Wilson took a dig at JK Rowling as she was announced as the host of the 2022 Baftas.
On Friday January 14, it was announced that the Australian actor and comedian will host the celebration of British and international cinema, which will take place on Sunday March 13 at the Royal Albert Hall.
Commenting on the news, Wilson appeared to make a joke about JK Rowling’s controversial comments about transgender people and gender identity, while also alluding to her own recent weight loss.
“I’ve recently been through a huge transformation so hopefully JK Rowling will approve me to host @BAFTA’s 2022 [sic]she tweeted, adding a shrugging emoji.
In an official statement on hosting the Baftas, Wilson joked that she was delighted the awards were taking place in a world where Covid-19 no longer existed as it had inevitably been “canceled”.
“I don’t want to put pressure on it — I know I’m not going to be funny because I’m not fat anymore,” she said. “And besides, I’m not going to ‘sweat’ with nerves because I have a particular medical condition where I can’t sweat…or offend people because of my lovely Aussie accent.
“So basically I will just be there to hang out with Dame Judi Dench and together we will both try to bond with Daniel Craig. And yes, I mean “link”. This show will be an anniversary celebration of some important UK film franchises such as HARRY POTTER and not such as CATS. Everyone will love it, I’m sure!
Earlier this week, Harry Potter star Evanna Lynch denied claims there was a ‘rift’ between Rowling and the film’s cast due to the author’s political views.
Rowling was shown at the recent Harry Potter reunion, but did not appear alongside the cast in person and was not mentioned in promotional material.