Ofcom has received over 240 complaints following Miriam Margolyes' comments about Boris Johnson on The Last Leg.
The prime minister of the United Kingdom was previously diagnosed with the virus and spent time in an intensive care unit before making a full recovery.
When asked by The Last Leg host Adam Hills how she thought the government had dealt with the pandemic, Margolyes said it had been handled "appallingly" and that she "had difficulty not wanting Boris Johnson to die".
"I wanted him to," she added. "Then I thought that will reflect badly on me, and I don't want to be the sort of person that wants people to die. So then I wanted him to get better, which he did do, he did get better."
Ofcom has since received 241 complaints from viewers over the actress' controversial comments, which are currently being assessed by the broadcasting regulator.
"We are assessing the complaints against our broadcasting rules, but are yet to decide whether or not to investigate," Ofcom said in a statement.
The Last Leg airs live every Friday night at 10pm on Channel 4, and you can catch up on All4.
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