Instead, he labelled his girlfriend of 30 years a freeloader who had contributed “f*** all” during his time at the top, and quipped that he had nothing but contempt for the award.
He’s a braver man than I am.
The comic – who seemed more than a little drunk at the Beverly Hilton hotel where the annual Britannia Awards took place on Friday night – provoked rapturous laughter with the controversial speech before heading off stage to “go and get drunk more”.
“I’m joking of course. This is a great town. It’s all about celebrities, which are the best people in the world. The most important.
“And BAFTA is the best award. So put them together, BAFTA and LA, the most important award ceremony in the world.”
“This particular award is the probably the greatest BAFTA award. So the best award in the history of the universe.
“She is around now of course because there is free champagne. She has really fallen on her feet. So i just wanted to mention her.”
Then admitting how his words may confuse some of the US audience Ricky added: “I am drunk. Thank you. I would like another award next year – it was a free trip thanks to BAFTA and American Airlines you know it let’s be honest, shut up.
“I am going to get drunk more.”