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Hannah Waddingham shuts down photographer’s alleged leg comment: Video

“Ted Lasso” star Hannah Waddingham shot a photographer who allegedly told her to “show me leg” while she walked the red carpet.

“Oh my God, you would never say that to a man, my friend,” Waddingham said Sunday in a moment captured on video by a fan. The video later went viral online.

Waddingham, 49, was hosting the Olivier Awards in London and was walking the event's red carpet in a long, sleeveless, bejeweled lavender dress, a tulle cape and a leg slit when the incident occurred.

“Don’t be a bad word,” the British actress and singer said to the photographer before walking away from the crowd. “Otherwise I’ll turn away. Don't say, 'Show me legs.' NO.”

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The Internet reacts

Following the incident, people have stood by Waddingham's side and called the actress a “queen”.

“If I were a professional photographer and Hannah Waddingham just taught me how to be respectful in front of everyone, I would change my career, change my name and leave the country,” said one user on X, formerly known as Twitter.

“All hail #hannahwadingham,” another post said.

Ashley James, presenter, model, author and DJ, said Waddingham was “brilliant” for the way she suppressed the comment, but added that it was due to a larger issue.

“I think it's a broader problem with the media in general and how it objectifies women,” James said on “This Morning,” a British talk show.

Julia is a trends reporter for USA TODAY. She has reported on a variety of topics, from local businesses and government in her hometown of Miami to technology and pop culture. You can follow her on X, formerly known as Twitter, Instagram and TikTok: @juliamariegz.

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