John Oliver says it’s ‘pretty s****y’ that his Queen Elizabeth joke was censored in the UK


John Oliver joined Late Night with Seth Meyers, Monday, where he made a joke about Queen Elizabeth II’s death that was censored when the final episode of his Emmy-winning HBO show Last week tonight with John Oliver aired last week in the UK.

“All we said was that Britain is still mourning the shocking loss of a 96-year-old woman from natural causes. It’s literally no joke,” Oliver said. “Scientifically, it’s no joke. That’s just a fact with some kind of fucking inflection, that’s all it is.”

Oliver never shies away from his disdain for the royal family. He mocked them for lavish royal weddings and went after them because of the family’s alleged reaction to Harry’s marriage to Meghan Markle. Oliver’s last appearance on Late at night was shortly after Prince Philip’s death, prompting Oliver to tell Meyers that every time a senior royal dies, he will be there to “give it the disrespect it deserves”. Oliver thinks his joke being censored in the UK, which airs on Sky, is ridiculous.

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“They took it out, which is pretty s****y,” Oliver said. ‘Cause apparently all week we’ve been hearing that the Queen had an incredible sense of humor. Just non stop. Oh, she was so funny. Seth, she was so funny. The queen, she – razor sharp.’

And Oliver took the opportunity to have one last shot at the Queen for a sketch she did earlier this year with Paddington Bear as part of her platinum anniversary.

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“And there she was with Paddington,” said Oliver. “I’m watching a bear comically wearing her in that scene. She’s not giving that bear anything back. There’s one set of footprints in the sand, and it’s a paw. But she was a huge comedy fan.”

Late Night with Seth Meyers airs weeknights at 12:35 p.m. on NBC.

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