Rebel Wilson pokes fun at weight loss after landing major hosting gig

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After making a splash at the 2020 event when she joked about her outfit, her sex life and her then-recent film Cats, Rebel Wilson has been announced as the host for the 2022 British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs).

The Aussie actress took to Instagram on Friday to announce the news, while also poking fun at her recent 35kg weight loss transformation and Prince Andrew’s claims that he’s unable to sweat.

Rebel Wilson wearing a black dress at the AACTAs.
Rebel Wilson is set to host the 2022 BAFTA awards. Photo: Getty

“I am very honoured to be hosting the EE British Academy Film Awards in March, where Covid will no longer exist because it will clearly have been cancelled by then,” she began.

“It's going to be so much fun! I don't wanna put any pressure on this - I know I'm not going to be funny because I am no longer fat.

“And besides, I'm not going to 'sweat-it' with nerves because I have a peculiar medical condition where I can't sweat… Or cause offence to people because of my adorable Australian accent.”

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Rebel went on to joke about the celebrities she plans on hanging out with and took another dig at Cats, which some critics consider to be one of the worst films ever made.

“So basically I'll just be there to hang out with Dame Judi Dench and together we'll both try and bond with Daniel Craig. And yes, I do mean ‘bond’,” she continued, adding a wink emoji.

“This show will be an anniversary celebration of some important British film franchises such as HARRY POTTER and not such as CATS. Everybody's going to love it, I'm sure! See you guys March 13th!”

Amanda Berry, chief executive of BAFTA, also said in a statement: "We are delighted to welcome Rebel Wilson as this year's host of the EE British Academy Film Awards. Rebel has stolen the show at several previous Film Awards, and we're hugely excited to see her bring her fantastic charisma and humour to the whole show as we celebrate the very best in film.”

It’s no surprise that Rebel was selected to host the prestigious award show after she made headlines in 2020 when presenting the award for Best Director.

“You’re all getting a gifting wallet, which is funny because that’s also the nickname of my vagina,” she said, which was met with enormous laughter from the audience at the Royal Albert Hall in London.

During her hilarious speech, she also joked about the Royal Family and gained applause after drawing attention to the lack of women nominated for Best Director.

Last year’s BAFTAs were delayed two months due to the pandemic and took place semi-virtually with Edith Bowman and Dermot O'Leary as hosts.

Prince William, who has been the president of BAFTA since 2010, usually attends the ceremony with Kate Middleton. However, he was absent last year due to the death of his grandfather, Prince Philip.

The nominations for the 75th BAFTA awards will be announced on February 3 while the ceremony will take place Sunday, March 13.

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