Controversial funnyman Frankie Boyle is reportedly refusing to attend this weekend’s British Comedy Awards after it was revealed he has not been chosen as a presenter like previously thought.
Neither has he been nominated for any awards.
Channel 4, who have come under fire for Frankie’s close-to-the-bone gags on his late-night sketch show Tramanol Nights, confirmed yesterday that he will not be on stage to present any gongs.
A source revealed to The Daily Mirror that the 38-year-old comedian is now sidelining the awards in protest.
The source said: “He got a shock when he realised he wasn’t involved in the show and would just have to be sat at a table with TV execs and dozens of other comics. He can’t win anything either.
“It is a reality check for Frankie and a sign he is no longer a top priority for Channel 4 because of all the problems with his show Tramanol Nights.”
Frankie’s show sparked media outrage after he made a sexual slur about Katie Price’s disabled son Harvey and later used racially offensive terms in another episode.
A spokesperson for Channel 4 said: “We have never confirmed any plans for Frankie to be involved in the Comedy Awards. We did invite Frankie, but unfortunately he is unable to attend the ceremony.”