Ventriloquism sometimes seems to be a way of insulting or saying iffy things to tv hosts without the risk of getting a smack in the face. It weren't me,guv, it's me munky!
I didn't really say that, by the way
The guy Kevin Johnson who I mentioned said exactly that in the Conti documentary.
He said the puppet insults the audience member and then he is already apologising for it so the member thinks it's ok cause the master is apologising but it's also the master who is giving the voice in the first place.