The Project’s ‘rude’ Nigella question
NIGELLA Lawson was not impressed with one of Hamish Macdonald's questions on The Project last night.
The British TV chef was visibly frustrated when she was asked about dropping innuendos in her hugely popular cooking shows.
"I was really intrigued to read you rejecting all of the analysis of your cooking shows," Macdonald said to Lawson.
"All these kind of innuendo, you saying, 'I don't do it on purpose, it's not part of the plan.' "But I've got some quotes," The Project host said, before delivering some of Lawson's more memorable lines.
"My empty vessels are ready to be loaded. I adore the way it comes bulging over the rims."
But while the rest of the panel were laughing, Lawson was not.
"No, no, no, no, but why, why, tell me this ... why?" the chef said defensively.
"You have this way of saying things," Macdonald told her.
"I have this way of people projecting things on me," Lawson responded. "I don't get it. I need you to explain to me."
Viewers described the interview as "awkward AF" with some criticising Macdonald for asking the question in the first place.
"Nigella was great, then at the end, the blonde guy (no idea who he is, Hamish?) makes a senseless sexual innuendo about her commentary on her shows," wrote one person on The Project's Facebook page. "Tasteless end to what should have been a great interview."
Another person wrote, "Embarrassing final question," while another viewer pointed to the fact she's bristled at similar questions in the past.
"She's said several times that she hates when people make her shows sexual," the viewer wrote. "Really dumb move to bring that up."
And the viewer's not wrong.
Lawson, who will appear on the upcoming season of MasterChef Australia, has said time and time again on the record that she doesn't understand why she's accused of making sexual innuendos.
"Certainly, I feel that I have an intimate style of talking and have been made aware that can be construed as coquettishness," Lawson told a journalist in 2014.
"But believe me, I have nothing of the coquette about me. And when I'm told that I am full of innuendo, I am mystified. I am the least salacious person."
In 2015 she told Radio Times, "People think I do double entendres most of the time. Usually I don't even understand what they're talking about."
"I have never done double entendre in my life," Lawson said in another interview. "I'm not that kind of person."