Hannah Waddingham Isn't Having 'Show Me Leg' Request

'Ted Lasso' star rips into photographer who made request at awards show: 'Don't be a d---'
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 16, 2024 7:57 AM CDT
Ted Lasso Star Rips Into Photog Who Told Her to 'Show Me Leg'
Hannah Waddingham poses for photographers upon arrival at the Olivier Awards on Sunday in London.   (Photo by Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP)

The UK held its Olivier Awards on Sunday, the British equivalent of the Tonys, and host Hannah Waddingham was there dressed to the nines—and ready to dress down a pushy photographer. The Ted Lasso star was posing on the steps of London's Royal Albert Hall before the awards show, decked out in a "a lilac beaded one-shoulder maxi dress with a semi-sheer skirt," per the Guardian. That's when a photographer apparently asked the 49-year-old actor to "show me leg," reports the Independent.

In a viral clip now circulating online, it's hard to hear the photographer's ask, but Waddingham's retort is quite clear. "Oh my God, you'd never say that to a man, my friend," Waddingham scolded the photographer. "Don't be a d---, otherwise I'll move off. Don't say, 'Show a little leg.' No." Waddingham then strolled away, wagging her finger. The crowd cheered as she exited, seemingly still speaking with the photographer as she went, before ending with, "Have some manners," notes the Guardian. Cosmopolitan notes that reaction online was just as supportive of Waddingham.

"Well done, Hannah," one commenter wrote, while another called her an "absolute queen." The magazine notes, however, that while "yes, she handled it brilliantly, and we are always up for calling out sexist and inappropriate comments made towards women ... how are we still in a position where this is happening? In what is essentially her workplace?" The magazine adds that Waddingham has spoken about this very topic, noting in a 2023 interview that "when it comes to dealing with sexism, especially in my industry, I was on the receiving end of it mostly when I was modeling back in my 20s, with some of the nonsense that misogynistic male photographers would throw at me to put me in my place." (More Hannah Waddingham stories.)

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