John Oliver tells Seth Meyers about censoring Queen jokes

Another royal death, another performance by John Oliver in Late Night with Seth Meyers.

The comedian dropped out of the US talk show this week to address a joke he made about Queen Elizabeth II on his Emmy Award-winning show, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, which was censored in the UK.

Meyers pointed out that the last time Oliver was on his show was a few days after Prince Philip’s death in 2021. This time he appeared on the same day as the Queen’s funeral.

“When a senior royal dies, I come here,” Oliver joked. “Just click your heels three times and I’ll be here to give it the disrespect it deserves.”

He later defended a joke he made about the Queen’s death on his own show, which was cut off the air in the UK, something Meyers pointed out as “not quite a censorable joke”.

“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 a kind of cocky inflection, that’s all.”

He continued: “They took it out, which is pretty s***ty. Because 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.”

Oliver joked about a sketch the Queen made with Paddington Bear during her platinum anniversary.

“And there she was with Paddington. I’m watching a bear comically wearing her in that scene,” he joked. “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.”

This story originally appeared on Decider and has been republished here with permission.

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