The first live broadcast of the show since 1989 saw controversial Russell Brand as host.
The snarky comedian received hundreds of complaints for what was politely called his references to, “intimate parts of the human body”.
Irksome one-liners included: “What about the rumours David Cameron smoked drugs as a schoolboy? What worries me most is that he dressed up as a schoolboy to do it, the pervert.”
ITV stood up for the comedian, who is “known for his flamboyant persona”. They also made the calming assertion for parents that Brand was just being funny, and “did not seriously suggest that children take drugs at school”.