BRITAIN's Got Talent finalist Nabil Abdulrashid joked he saved Ofcom staff from redundancy – after thousands of viewers complained about him.
The 35-year-old comic quipped "you're welcome" on Twitter and penned in his latest tweet: "I’m just happy I’ve kept workers at ofcom from being made redundant. I’m a hero and should be appreciated for my contribution to the economy."
His remarks were met with laughter from his fans, as one said: "Funniest act this year. Absolute travesty you weren't even top 3. Hope big things are coming for you!"
Another agreed, writing: "Get your own prime time show and they’ll need to open regional branches!"
One more tweeted: "Keep rattling the low-key racists bro!"
As of Monday, 2094 people had complained to Ofcom after Nabil used his BGT final set to goad angry viewers who had already reached out to the TV watchdog about his past routines.
He also spoke about police brutality in a routine based around race where he joked that Winston Churchill was black.
He opened, saying: "They complained because we said black lives matter – thousands of complaints. To be honest I'm shocked that many of them know how to write.
"They sent in thousands of angry letters. Hopefully if I annoy them today they can progress onto words.
"They even wrote complaints about me – that's what upsets me. What did I say to offend anybody?
"You'd think I came out here and said something really inflammatory… like Winston Churchill was black.
"By the way, he was. I can prove it. When was the last time you met a white man called Winston?
"I've got proof Winston Churchill was black. What colour is his statue? Eh? You think he just tanned over the years?"
He also joked about the row over Diversity's Black Lives Matter dance, saying: "I would have sent an email to everyone who complained.
BGT COMPLAINTS IN 2020
- Diversity's Black Lives Matter performance: 24,500
- Nabil Abdulrashid's race jokes: 2,827
- Alesha Dixon's BLM necklace: 1,900
- Amanda Holden's 'nipple dress' (pictured): 235
- Vicar Allan Finnegan's 'dark comedy': 304
- Amanda Holden's 'lingerie dress': 136
- Auditionee's dogs in cages: 48
- Miscellaneous: 23
- Appearing to break social distancing: 19
"It would just say: 'We understand you viewers are offended – but all viewers matter. Let's see how they like it then."
He concluded: "If I win it won't be be because I'm black, it's because I've worked hard. And also if I win it will be the end of white people winning Britain's Got Talent.
"Cos you know what they say – once you go black there's no coming back. But once you try Nigeria no-one can meet the criteria."
In the event he didn't take the 2020 title, with comedy singer Jon Courtenay winning by a landslide.
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