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Were the University Challenge audience 'rude' to laugh at Lucy Beaumont's qualification?

comedyLucy Beaumont got a laugh on University Challenge last night - but not one she was expected.

The studio audience chuckled when the comic said she had an NVQ in cleaning, thinking it was a joke

But she genuinely has the qualification, along with a BA in drama from the University of Hull, whose team she was captaining.

Several viewers took to twitter to react to the ‘embarrassing, rude’ reaction from the audience:

However Beaumont herself was not offended, tweeting: ‘Well the two together sound funny, the audience werent elitest just normal’.

And she had the last laugh – as her team triumphed over Liverpool University, 150-75. Also representing Hull were TV historian Dr Tracy Borman, author Joanna Nadin and Professor of Physics Matthew Halsall.

Published: 27 Dec 2019

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