Brand's 'Brit' jokes provoke complaints
ITV1 had logged over 400 complaints by yesterday afternoon, with broadcasting watchdog Ofcom receiving a further 135.
The regulator confirmed that the complaints were most regarding "the tone of the jokes made during the ceremony."
Brand made jokes about Robbie Williams in rehab, and several links included overt innuendo, references to the Queen, Saddam Hussein's hanging, David Cameron's alleged drug-taking and the Iraq war, including the "friendly fire" death of UK soldier Matty Hull in Iraq.
ITV has defended Brand calling him "an edgy host for an edgy event," but apologised for any offence caused. A 30-second time delay allowed any swearing to be bleeped out before the watershed.
The show, which was shown live for the first time in 17 years, was watch by 5.2 million viewers.