TV BAFTAs host Richard Ayoade joked that he only did the hosting job for "money" as he opened the show.

The IT Crowd star, 44, spoke today (Sunday, May 8) as he took to the stage to kick off proceedings with a funny speech.

Richard also joked that he "doesn't care" who won any of the night's awards and also said that "stars don't trust me".

The ceremony marked a return to a full glitz and glamour in-person event, after the awards were disrupted for two years by the pandemic.

Comedian, presenter and Richard hosted the event, which celebrated the depth of talent across Britain's TV industry, for the third consecutive year.

However, he also joked that this would be his last time hosting the show.

Presenters at the star-studded ceremony included Michelle Keegan, Sex Education's Aimee Lou Wood, Giovanni Pernice, Lee Mack, Lorraine Kelly, Martin Freeman, Rochelle Humes, Rose Ayling-Ellis, Suranne Jones, Susanna Reid, Tom Daley and Oscar-winning actress Olivia Coleman.

Mocking the back-slapping nature of awards ceremonies, Richard cheekily added: "Nobody works harder than stars. Other than people in other professions."

Channel 4's AIDS drama It's A Sin led the nomination pack, with an impressive 11 nods, including one for lead actor Olly Alexander.

Richard's first TV BAFTA ceremony, held in July 2020, was a virtual ceremony due to the pandemic, with many praising Richard's hosting as "perfect".

The ceremony was held behind closed doors, with its celebrities accepting awards via video link, and no audience in sight, except for six presenters in the studio.

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