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Too Soon? Simon Cowell Makes A Hilariously Awkward Zayn Malik Joke — Right In Front Of One Direction! See What He Said!

| Filed under: Music MinuteAwardzSimon CowellX FactorOne DirectionZayn MalikHarry StylesLouis TomlinsonLiam PayneNiall Horan

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Did Simon Cowell just made the most awkward joke of 2015?

The X Factor judge made a slight jab at Zayn Malik this week when he was honored with a music industry award this week — RIGHT in front of One Direction!

The boys of 1D introduced their boss at the Music Industry Trusts event to accept an award based on his contributions to the music biz!

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But the memorable part of the night was definitely when Cowell went on stage to collect his trophy, and gave some cheeky banter about the former band member!

He said to the audience, grabbing the mic:

"Just my luck I get the award I've been wanting all my life and I'm completely hammered. Guys, who misses Zayn?"

The audience got a kick out of the joke, giving a rousing cheer. But Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Niall Horan, and Louis Tomlinson all remained awkwardly silent!

Continuing his speech, Cowell added:

"We all get old but I've still got charisma!"

The joke seemed all in good fun, and the boys didn't seem to take it to heart — as they only had good things to say about their mentor!

Watch the clip (below) to what they had to say about the man who made them famous!

[Image via YouTube.]

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