Last Week Tonight’s Queen Elizabeth jokes clipped from UK Broadcast

Recent jokes that John Oliver made in reference to the passing of Queen Elizabeth II, have caused little stir, at least among those who have heard them. English broadcaster Sky apparently found a few of his comments to be in bad taste and cut them entirely from this week’s episode of Last week tonight.

Of course, the reaction to the passing of Queen Elizabeth II has varied. Some mourned her death with great passion. Others are critical of the monarchy in general and are not quite so bothered. Regardless of which side of the spectrum you fall on, it’s easy to see why Oliver’s jokes may not have landed with everyone.

Oddly enough, it’s not like the jokes he ended up making are directly aimed at Queen Elizabeth II or anything like that. It’s nothing quite so malicious. It’s just that when the whole country is going through “National Mourning” after her death, even the lines he delivered can cause some problems. The main offenders were jokes such as:

Obviously, we have to start with Britain, which is clearly still reeling from the shocking death of a 96-year-old woman from natural causes. It’s a big moment this week, and for some reason absolutely everyone felt they had to weigh in on it.

Another line was about Liz Truss, the new conservative-leaning Prime Minister of Great Britain. He said:

The best thing the Queen of England ever did for anyone was to die the week she became Prime Minister. Because for at least a week, she’s not going to be justifiably destroyed for such responses.

Sky has yet to release an official comment on pulling the jokes from the broadcast. last night Last week tonight won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Variety Talk Series.

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