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Jennifer Saunders has shared the heartbreaking reason why she turned down an OBE.
The Absolutely Fabulous star, 62, declined the opportunity when she was presented with the royal nod in 2001 alongside her comedy partner in crime, Dawn French.
The much-loved star decided against accepting the incredible accolade because she felt she ‘didn’t deserve’ it.
Jennifer told Best Magazine that she compared her father’s incredibly hard work in the Royal Air Force to her own career, and felt she couldn’t accept the OBE because it ‘didn’t feel right’.
“My father, Robert, was a pilot in the Royal Air Force and was awarded a CBE,” she explained.
“He got it and he deserved it. He worked really hard and he was a brilliant man and he did an awful lot. But we just jumped up on stage, messed about, and made money.”
Jennifer Saunders has shared the heartbreaking reason why she turned down an OBE
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She went on: “We thought, ‘there’s a lot of people who deserve these things’ and for us to get it sort of made it a mockery. There are people who work for the NHS or do great charity work and we hadn’t really done anything. It was silly.”
Back in 2011, after she declined the OBE, Jennifer told The Guardian: “We felt that we were being paid very well to have a lot of fun.
“It didn’t seem right somehow. We didn’t deserve a pat on the back.
“It felt a bit fake to stand alongside people who devoted their lives to truly worthy causes.”
The actress played Edina in the '90s classic Absolutely Fabulous
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Although she turned down the honour back in 2001, Jennifer joked that she ‘wouldn’t mind’ having a Damehood now.
It comes after the actress revealed that Absolutely Fabulous would never be produced in today's society because of ‘sensitive’ viewers.
Jennifer took aim at the ‘small-mindedness’ she says would have faced the classic sitcom in today's era.
And she claimed that being ‘p****d off’ is just part and parcel of the modern-day.
Speaking to The Sun, the actress who played Edina in the '90s classic, said: " This is a modern thing, isn’t it? If someone says something it always has to be, ‘Oh, but sorry, you can’t say that’. I say, ‘Oh f*** off’."
The star said that Absolutely Fabulous would never be produced in today's society because of ‘sensitive’ viewers
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Jennifer insisted that it’s not a ‘crime’ to offer a difference in opinion but admitted pettiness and small-mindedness are her biggest gripes.
Jennifer portrayed a boozy PR guru in the comedy and starred alongside Joanna Lumley who played fellow wild child Patsy.
The pair brought streams of laughter to the small screen during its 20-year stint.