Comic Relief raises £60,628,353 after hilarious Johnny Vegas ‘strip’ and Bodyguard’s shock spoof
COMIC Relief raised a whopping £60,628,353 as generous viewers dug deep in their pockets during an epic eight-hour show.
The highlights included Johnny Vegas hilariously “stripping” on stage with Magic Mike, a heart-warming Four Weddings and a Funeral sequel and the shock return of Bodyguard’s Keeley Hawes.
Host Lenny Henry announced the grand total after an evening of entertainment and guest appearances from fans’ favourite celebrities on Red Nose Day.
He said he wanted to raise the highest total ever by midnight – but delayed revealing the total until 14 minutes past the hour.
Despite not reaching 2017’s £76million donations there’s still plenty of time to go above and beyond the total.
“Earlier tonight we challenged you to dig deeper than ever before and try to raise £60million at 14 minutes past midnight,” said Lenny.
“Have we done it? Big drum roll…”
Lenny then started screaming “oh my God” as he read out the total to the screaming crowd.
Toasting to the charitable success, 54-year-old Lenny sipped on a cocktail delivered by Joe Suggs dressed as James Bond.
He added: “Thank you so much everyone for an incredible effort.”
Lenny’s co-host Clara Amfo thanked viewers who had donated, saying: “You have absolutely changed lives” before adding: “If you haven’t donated yet, there’s still time to do something incredible without moving from your sofa.”
The annual charity event had presenters ranging from Paddy McGuinness and Emma Willis to Zoe Ball and David Tennant as they urged viewers to donate.
A Mamma Mia spoof featuring Jennifer Saunders as Cher was hailed one of the funniest moments of the night, followed by memorable moments in Four Weddings and a Funeral with a tribute to the late Charlotte Coleman.
Fans were also left on the edge of their seat as they saw their favourite BBC dramas, Line of Duty and Bodyguard combine.
It also featured Keeley’s character Julia Montague who was killed off in the fourth episode when an explosion went off during her speech as Home Secretary.
But she returned tonight – giving fans hope she will be back next series.
Meanwhile Johnny Vegas had everyone crying with laughter when he emerged on stage with the cast of Channing Tatum’s Magic Mike live at London’s Hippodrome Casino.
The comedian ripped open his shirt to reveal a fake toned tummy as he danced live on stage with the muscular men.
Poking fun at himself, the 48-year-old rolled around on the floor and spread his legs as he showed off his “seductive” moves.
Famous faces including Mark Wright, Scarlett Moffatt and AJ Pritchard spent the night answering calls from the public who wanted to make a donation.
There was also music from Wet Wet Wet’s Marti Pellow and Keane’s Tom Chaplin who impressed fans with his dramatic new look.
Stacey Dooley’s controversial film about her trip to Africa was also aired and she received huge support from fans after her clash with Labour MP David Lammy.
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The documentary-maker, 32, was accused of having “white saviour complex” after she posted a snap of her holding a child with the caption: “OB.SESSSSSSSSSSED.”
In Comic Relief’s 30-year history, more than £1billion has been raised to help vulnerable people in the UK and across the world.
Every two years Red Nose Day helps to raise millions of pounds for the charity, with 2017’s total coming in at £76million.
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