Britain’s Got Talent judge Michael McIntyre has admitted he felt “awful” after the response to his success at the British Comedy Awards this year.

Speaking on Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs, the comedian said he was taken aback at the ferocity of the backlash he received at the ceremony in January, where he was named Best Male Comic.

“Quite a few people were making jokes at my expense and it just made me feel awful because I’m there with my wife,” he said, “and she’s gone out and bought a dress, and it’s my big night and I won and the overriding experience was that of nastiness.”

Michael – who can command sell-out audiences at large venues – said he was confused about why he provoked such ill-feeling among other comics, who have been less than complimentary about his material.

However he added that he was getting used to their opinion of him.

“I think it comes with the territory. I’m sure it does, actually,” he said. “And I can’t say, it’s water off a duck’s back and I’m so thick-skinned, I can’t just say that.

“I can say it now because I’m getting used to it. but it did come as a shock at the beginning I can’t deny that.”