Too early for jokes? John Oliver joked about the late Queen Elizabeth II in the latest issue Last week tonight – but not all viewers had a chance to hear it.
45 year old daily show The alum reacted quickly to the monarch’s death before diving into the main story of the Sunday, September 11th episode. “But obviously we need to start with the UK, which is clearly still reeling from the shocking death of a 96-year-old woman from natural causes,” Oliver teased at the start of the show.
The British comedian continued: “It’s a big moment that for some reason absolutely everyone felt they had to weigh in on Crazy Frog, who tweeted ‘RIP the Queen’. [and a] emoji with a candle – a tweet that can not be read without adding mentally [Crazy Frog’s music] – in Dominos UK, which read: “All at Domino’s join the nation and the world in mourning the death of Queen Elizabeth II. Our thoughts and condolences are with the royal family.” Which I think is a good thing, though if the world is in mourning, they should probably report it to the US Domino account, whose last tweet at the time of writing is: “If you’re reading this, you need pizza to back it up.”
Oliver kept mentioning Liz Truss, who was appointed the new British Prime Minister earlier this month. “Unfortunately, the Queen’s death is not the only traumatic event Britain has had to deal with this week because on Tuesday Liz Truss, essentially Margaret Thatcher, had she been under duct tape, became her new prime minister.” he joked.
While the HBO Max broadcast showed the episode in its entirety, viewers watching overseas on streaming platform Sky NOW received an abridged version, reportedly cutting off the host’s comments about the Queen.
“@SkyUK edits @iamjohnoliver / @LastWeekTonight bit about queen death – not good,” wrote one Twitter user, while another asked for the show’s official social media account upload clip entirely online.
Another viewer who described himself as a “monarchist” – spoke out against the “forced mourning” that they believe is present in the UK after the death of Elizabeth on Thursday, September 8. “I CAN JOKE!!!” the user continued. “@SkyUK, if @iamjohnoliver wants to have a smart, fun, fact-based opinion on our queen, I want to hear it.”
A day after the controversial broadcast, Oliver and his colleagues scored a big win at the 2022 Emmy Awards. Last week tonight won his seventh consecutive Outstanding Variety Talk Series trophy by defeating Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Daily Show with Trevor Noah, Late Night with Seth Meyers as well as Jimmy Kimmel Live!
Thank you and HBO. We know how lucky we are to make exactly the show we want, exactly the way we want to do, whether it’s a Korean subway drama, or blackmailing Congress with data brokers, or staging an elaborate cabbage wedding,” Oliver teased, accepting the honor. . “We know how lucky we are.”
Until he mentioned the queen at the ceremony, succession creator Jesse Armstrong cited the changing monarchy after his show won the evening’s final award: Outstanding Drama Series. “Big week for continuity,” the 51-year-old producer began his speech. “The new king of Great Britain. This is for us. Obviously, there were a few more votes in our victory than there were for Prince Charles. … I am not saying that our position is more legitimate than he is. We’ll leave it to other people.”