Jennifer Lawrence let her with get the better of her at the BAFTA Awards, but she revealed the back story today (Photo: Mario Testino for Harper’s Bazaar)

Jennifer Lawrence has a wicked wit and it bit her in the behind at the UK Bafta Awards Sunday (Feb. 18). Critics were shocked at her comeback to Joanna Lumley’s profuse praise. That’s “a bit much,” JLaw dryly replied. All hell broke loose in the UK.

But Lawrence assured everybody today that it was just a joke, and an inside one at that. Lumley was in on it and played her part.

Now, don’t you feel silly?

Lumley, 71, was introducing Lawrence at the British equivalent of the Oscars and called her “the hottest actress on the planet” and “ravishing.”

Hard to argue with that. But JLaw was having none of it. “That was a bit much” she said it what could pass as dry British humor.

But many viewers thought Lawrence had offended Lumley. So Lawrence cleared the air today on the Magic Radio Breakfast Show today.

“I want to clear it up. Okay so backstage Joanna and I were both about to go out, and I was like, ‘Just [say] adjective after adjective, ‘tall’, ‘beautiful’, just say that I’m this and that. And she was like, ‘Alright darling’,” the “Mother” actress explained.

“It was an inside joke. She went on and said all these really nice things about me and when I got up to the podium, I was like, ‘That was a bit much’, after I spent all of backstage telling her how to be really nice to me. “Then everybody thought that I was being rude. But to be fair, I couldn’t have just walked out after she [described me as] ‘the biggest movie star in the world’ and gone ‘thank you, Joanna.’ That would have been like, ‘So you agree, you think you’re really pretty.”

“I wasn’t being rude, it was an inside joke,” she said.

The “Red Sparrow” star’s decision to clarify her comments came after some fans dubbed her as “stuck up” and “rude.”

The English actress, former model, author and activist, is beloved in Britain.