Sky slammed for cutting John Oliver’s Queen Elizabeth jokes

A UK TV station has come under fire for censoring a segment on the death of Queen Elizabeth II in the final episode of Last Week Tonight With John Oliver.

A number of Britons tweeted their disgust on Sky TV this week after the network appeared to have removed Oliver’s jokes about how people and brands reacted to news of the Queen’s death last Thursday.

in the a bracket tweeted by Sky Viewer @matthirtyfiveabruptly switches to a ‘Last Week Tonight’ logo after Oliver’s comments about the Chilean President, skipping his comment on the Queen’s death and continuing with the comedian’s thoughts on Britain’s new Prime Minister.

“Unfortunately, the death of the Queen is not the only traumatic event that Britain has had to deal with this week,” Oliver begins his segment, clearly referring to a previous segment that was not aired.

“Because on Tuesday, Liz Truss – basically Margaret Thatcher when she was intoxicated – became her new Prime Minister.”

In the uncensored version of Sunday’s episode “Last Week Tonight” on HBO Max, Oliver jokes that the UK is “clearly still suffering from the shocking death of a 96-year-old woman from natural causes”.

“It is A huge moment that for some reason absolutely everyone felt like they had to weigh in – by [the Swedish cartoon character] Crazy Frog, who tweeted: “RIP the Queen. Candle Emoji’ to Domino’s [Pizza] Great Britain,” continued Oliver.

“When the ‘world mourns’, [Domino’s U.K.] should perhaps tell the US Domino account – whose most recent tweet after this recording reads: “If you’re reading this, it means you need pizza. happy to confirm.’ Fix your damn house, Domino’s! A lady is dead!”

Later in the show, Oliver quipped in response to Truss’s defense of profitable corporations: “The finest thing the Queen of England ever did for anyone was to die the week that woman became Prime Minister. Because for at least a week she will not be rightly destroyed for such answers.”

On social media, many called for Sky to change the episode while sharing links to clips of both the edited and unedited versions of the show.

“We’re not kids @SkyUK please don’t censor Last Week Tonight With John Oliver again just because he says some edgy things about the royal family.” @andrewdsweeney tweeted.

“We live in a country where you are NOT allowed to say anything that might offend the royals.” @ThatRossHastie tweeted. “F- all of them. Abolish their entire regime.”

“Very disappointed in the @SkyUK censorship of @LastWeekTonight with @iamjohnoliver”, @rsmck tweeted. “We condemn other countries for this type of behavior. Audiences are used to his irreverent style and light-hearted comments. The ‘target’ of his remarks was corporate social media!”

Representatives from Sky TV, Last Week Tonight and John Oliver did not immediately respond to Times requests for comment on Tuesday.

On Monday night, “Last Week Tonight” won its seventh straight Emmy Award for Variety Talk Series. The program also won the Emmy for Writing for a Variety Series that year.

“We know how fortunate we are to make exactly the show we want, exactly how we want to make it — whether it’s Korean subway drama, congressional blackmail over data brokers, or staging a lavish cabbage wedding,” Oliver said in his acceptance speech at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

“It says ‘Stop now’ in big letters,” he added, referring to the teleprompter who delivered the speeches animatedly. “I don’t know if that’s for this speech or in general. Either way, it’s a fair point. Thank you very much.”

https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/story/2022-09-13/queen-elizabeth-death-john-oliver-last-week-tonight-sky-tv Sky slammed for cutting John Oliver’s Queen Elizabeth jokes

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