Last Week Tonight host gamely responded to a U.Okay. TV supplier’s resolution to chop a quip in regards to the “surprising loss of life of a 96-year-old lady from pure causes”
Sky, the supplier that carries Last Week Tonight within the U.Okay., decided to remove Oliver’s supposedly offensive quip about “the surprising loss of life of a 96-year-old lady from pure causes.” Sky additionally lower a quick bit about company responses to the Queen’s loss of life on social media, and solely included a point out of the Queen’s loss of life as a segue to a phase on new Prime Minister Liz Truss.
During an interview with Seth Meyers on Late Night Monday, Oliver insisted that his line about Queen Elizabeth dying from pure causes “barely had the properties” of a joke, although he couldn’t assist from laughing as he repeated it.
“It’s actually not a joke,” he insisted. “Scientifically, that’s not a joke. That’s simply a truth — with a sort of dickish inflection.”
Oliver additionally criticized Sky’s resolution to censor the joke by cracking, “All we’ve heard all week is the Queen had an unbelievable humorousness. Just nonstop, ‘Oh she was so humorous! She was razor sharp. She dreamt of going to the Del Close Marathon. Big comedy fan.’”
Before responding to Sky’s censorship whims, Oliver did get to throw out some extra precise jokes about Britain’s “very bizarre… 10 days of pressured mourning.” He additionally spoke in regards to the time he turned down an Order of the British Empire honor, cracking, “It’s a loaded — O.B.E., the ‘B.E.’ a part of that’s a hell of a factor to need after your surname.”