BBC Cuts 'Offensive' Jokes About Queen, Kate Middleton From Comedy Special
LONDON – Jokes made by stand-up comedian Frankie Boyle about the duchess of Cambridge and the queen during a gig for charity Comic Relief found themselves on the BBC's cutting-room floor.
Boyle's material, which also included gags about the Jimmy Savile sex-abuse scandal that engulfed the public broadcaster and South African Olympian Oscar Pistorius, did not make it into the 3½-hour live music and comedy show hosted by Russell Brand for BBC 3.
Boyle reportedly was booed onstage at the live event for his jokes about the royal family, including criticizing the duchess of Cambridge’s breasts and claims that he fathered her child.
During the live show, Boyle predicted his jokes would not be shown on the BBC.
A BBC 3 spokesperson told THR: “It was an extremely tight edit of a 3½-hour show down to 90 minutes, and not every act or performance made the final broadcast."
Boyle was not the only act to run afoul of the "edit," with comedian and TV star Jack Whitehall finding his set chopped from the final televised highlights.
After the live show of Give It Up for Comic Relief, Boyle tweeted: “Was a nice gig at Wembley, and big up Russell Brand- a shot in the arms for addicts everywhere," referencing Brand's past as a heroin addict.
The Scottish comedian's material on the cutting-room floor includes:
On the British monarch:
"I wish the queen had died the night before the Royal Jubilee - I wish she'd just f---ing died. But they wouldn't have been able to tell us that she'd died. They would have had to hollow out her body and get that guy who plays Gollum to wear it."
On the duchess of Cambridge:
"I can't believe she is pregnant, to be honest, because she told me she was on the pill."
On the resignation of the pope:
"The pope must have done something that even the Catholic Church found unacceptable. My theory is that he f---ed an adult woman."
And on Olympian and Paralympian Pistorius:
"Pistorius to me sounds like a spell Harry Potter would say to make your legs drop off."
Boyle found himself in hot water after tweets about athletes at the Paralympic Games that people found offensive.
The show was part of Comic Relief, a charity launched in 1985 live on BBC One, spearheaded by comedy writer and film director Richard Curtis to raise cash to help poor, vulnerable and disadvantaged people across the U.K. and Africa.