Viewers slam ‘sexist’ interviewer as Nigella Lawson denies using innuendos in awkward TV appearance

Aimée Grant Cumberbatch

Viewers have branded Australian TV host Hamish Macdonald "sexist" after he questioned Nigella Lawson about her use of innuendo during an awkward interview.

The celebrity cook shut down suggestions that she intentionally uses double entendres on her TV shows after Macdonald quoted some of her lines during the latest episode of The Project.

He read out: “I’ve been intrigued to read you’ve been rejecting all of the analysis of your cooking shows… all this kind of innuendo, you’re saying ‘I don’t do it on purpose, it’s not part of the plan’, but I’ve got some quotes.

“My empty vessels are ready to be loaded, I adore the way it comes bulging up over the rim…”

Presenter Charlie Pickering quipped: "Some of those are just from Hamish's diary".

A frustrated-looking Lawson seemed lost for words at first, stuttering: “Yes but why, tell me this – it’s an empty vessel… when I say it…”

Macdonald interjected: "Yes, but you have this way of saying things.”

Not impressed: Nigella shut down suggestions of innuendo during an awkward TV appearance (Network Ten)

But Lawson hit back: “I have this way of people projecting things on me. I’m so not. I don’t get it. I need you to explain to me.”

Viewers weren’t impressed by the line of questioning, branding Macdonald "rude" and accusing him of "sexualising" the interview.

One wrote: “Honestly Hamish, she’s said she doesn’t intend the double entendres on her show. How disrespectful to ask further. Have you learned nothing from the #metoo #TimesUp movement? Your behaviour was inappropriate. Pull your head in. And good onya @Nigella_Lawson for pushing back.”

Another tweeted: “My apologies for the white man who thought it was ok to sexualise you on National tv last night. Appalling.”

A third commented: “No is No, So sorry @Nigella_Lawson .. Aussies are not like this sexist buffoon on @theprojecttv #disgrace #metoo”