Australian comedian Adam Hills to be made an MBE for his work in disability awareness 1

Australian comedian Adam Hills to be made an MBE for his work in disability awareness

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Australian comedian Adam Hills to be made an MBE for his work in disability awareness and Paralympic sport due to his work on The Last Leg


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Aussie comedian Adam Hills has officially been named in the New Year Honours list. 

Hills, 51, has been made an MBE for his work in disability awareness and Paralympic sport, which has been a prime focus on his TV show The Last Leg.

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The talk show host, who has a prosthetic leg, revealed to PA news agency how shocked and elated he was by the news.

Honoured: Australian comedian Adam Hills to be made an MBE for his work in disability awareness and Paralympic sport

Honoured: Australian comedian Adam Hills to be made an MBE for his work in disability awareness and Paralympic sport

‘I am absolutely chuffed to bits to be given this honour,’ he said. ‘I’ve already googled “Australian comedians who have received honours”, “when can I start writing MBE after my name?” and “are Australians even eligible for an MBE?”‘

The presenter soon discovered the answer to his question after finding out fellow comic Barry Humphries and critic Clive James had both received medals. 

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Hills continued: ‘Honestly though, for a boy from the southern suburbs of Sydney, this is quite a massive deal.’ 

'I am absolutely chuffed to bits to be given this honour': The 51-year-old, who has a prosthetic leg, revealed to PA news agency how shocked and elated he was by the news

‘I am absolutely chuffed to bits to be given this honour’: The 51-year-old, who has a prosthetic leg, revealed to PA news agency how shocked and elated he was by the news

Hills has hosted the Channel 4 program The Last Leg with Josh Widdicombe and Alex Brooker since 2012. 

The show originally ran alongside the London 2012 Paralympics every night and focused on the day’s events and the news.

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It has since incorporated conversations around disability, covered Paralympics highlights and featured interviews with Paralympians and celebrities. 

The comedic series has provided coverage of the London, Rio and Tokyo Paralympic Games. 

Show: Hills has hosted the Channel 4 program The Last Leg with Josh Widdicombe and Alex Brooker since 2012. The show originally ran alongside the London 2012 Paralympics every night and focused on the day's events and the news

Show: Hills has hosted the Channel 4 program The Last Leg with Josh Widdicombe and Alex Brooker since 2012. The show originally ran alongside the London 2012 Paralympics every night and focused on the day’s events and the news

‘I feel so incredibly lucky to be given the chance to cover the Paralympics and am happy to shout about Paralympic sport at every opportunity,’ Hills continued.

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The TV host compared the honour to ‘eating chocolate’ – explaining that he ‘loves doing it anyway’ and will ‘happily accept’ an award for it as well. 

Adam revealed has not yet told his family about the news for ‘two reasons’, saying he was ‘not convinced someone isn’t playing a prank on me’.

He jokingly explained that the second reason was: ‘I’m worried I’ll make a joke about the royal family that causes them to change their minds.’ 

Joker: The TV host compared the honour to 'eating chocolate' - explaining that he 'loves doing it anyway' and will 'happily accept' an award for it as well

Joker: The TV host compared the honour to ‘eating chocolate’ – explaining that he ‘loves doing it anyway’ and will ‘happily accept’ an award for it as well

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