The actor is among a list of big names who have defended the national broadcaster after the culture secretary Nadine Dorries indicated she wanted to find a new funding model for the BBC after the current licence fee funding deal expires in 2027.
Over the weekend, Dorries said that the next announcement about the BBC licence fee â€œwill be the lastâ€, claiming it was â€œtime now to discuss and debate new ways of funding, supporting and selling great British contentâ€.
Amid accusations that the comments came as a distraction to the on-going partygate scandal as part of a plan to save â€œbig dogâ€ Boris Johnson, Hugh came out fighting for the BBC alongside stars including Gary Lineker, Adil Ray, Deborah Meaden and Dan Walker.
The Notting Hill actor wrote: â€œThe BBC is something the whole world admires with envy. It is entirely appropriate that the insecure, spittle-flecked nut jobs of this government want to destroy it.â€
Match Of The Day presenter Gary said the BBC â€œshould be the most treasured of National treasuresâ€, adding: â€œIt should never be a voice for those in government whoever is in power.â€
BBC Breakfast host Dan pointed out all the BBC services that are provided as part of the licence fee for 44p a day.
â€œI am well aware that the BBC makes mistakes and needs to change but the media landscape would be much poorer without it,â€ he said. â€œThose 3 letters are trusted and respected around the world.â€
Good Morning Britain host Adil shared an archive video listing off all of the BBCâ€™s services, sarcastically asking: â€œWhat has the BBC ever done for us?â€
Dragonsâ€™ Den star Deborah sent a message to â€œthose kicking the BBC right nowâ€, warning: â€œYou will miss it when itâ€™s gone.â€
Shadow culture secretary Lucy Powell said the government is signalling â€œthe end of the BBC as we know itâ€ in a â€œpatheticâ€ attempt to distract from Johnsonâ€™s difficulties over No.10 parties.
She said the Â£159 licence fee is â€œincredibly cheapâ€ and criticised Dorries for making an announcement on Twitter as part of a Tory plan to offer â€œred meat for their backbenchersâ€.
The annual BBC licence payment normally changes on April 1 each year and is set by the government, who announced in 2016 that it would rise in line with inflation for five years from April 1 2017. It is reported to be worth around Â£3.2 billion to the BBC.
Under new plans, the BBC licence fee is set to be frozen for the next two years, effectively equalling a funding cut for the broadcaster, which has already made a number of cuts and redundancies in an attempt to balance its books.
Speaking on Radio 4â€™s Today programme, education secretary Nadhim Zahawi said that negotiations between Dorries and the broadcaster are â€œongoingâ€.
The BBC has so far not offered comment on the reports.