Opposition parties lined up to condemn Theresa May for refusing to defend her policies and record in a TV debate.
Comparisons between the prime-time election debate and teatime game show the Weakest Link are rife within Thursday's papers.
Asked about the debate on Sky News, Johnson criticised the audience's reaction, saying they seemed biased against Amber Rudd, the home secretary, who was standing in for Theresa May.
"How dare you call a General Election and then run away from the debate".
But Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron, whose party has struggled for attention during the campaign, was the first to draw attention to the prime minister's absence.
"I think Amber Rudd did an excellent job", replied the Prime Minister.
In her closing remarks at the end of the debate, she said: "You heard the squabbling and discord of disagreement tonight". She is not the prime minister.
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May ruled out appearing on televised debates soon after calling the election. The prime minister is not here tonight. She can not be bothered. The participants returned to their core messages in their final statements, with Mr Corbyn promising that Labour would vote "for the many, not the few" and framing the election as a choice over "whether older people get the dignity they deserve or see their incomes fall".
He claimed a Conservative victory would saddle young people with debt, reduce investment in public services and cut support for the elderly, and borrowing the central theme of Mrs May's campaign, added: "None of that is remotely strong or stable". You are not worth Theresa May's time.
Rudd tried to downplay the overwhelming criticism by branding the opposition parties as a "coalition of chaos".
She said: "We are going to live within our means".
Ms Rudd said next week's election was about choosing the strongest leadership to take Britain through Brexit.
Flashpoints focused on debates over public spending and security, with the Labour leader demanding of Ms Rudd in an exchange on welfare: "Have you been to a food bank?"
"Have you seen the levels of poverty that exist because of your government's conscious decisions on benefits?" asked Corbyn.
But Mr Nuttall rebuked by shouting "You invited Hamas, you invited Hamas to the House of Commons", referring to when Mr Corbyn called the members "friends".