Words: Jamie Tabberer; pictures: BBC
The BBC has cut a joke about Prince Andrew from the UK broadcast of Drag Race Down Under.
The joke was made during last week's Snatch Game episode by contestant Anita Wigl’it, who was impersonating The Queen.
Anita went on to win the challenge with a set of very daring jokes about Corgis, "disappointing grandsons" and seatbelts. However, it was her joke about Prince Andrew that was considered too far for British viewers
"I wish a dingo would have taken my baby"
The ad-libbed joke that was reportedly cut was: “I wish a dingo would have taken my baby, then I wouldn’t have anything to do with Prince Andrew anymore.”
Confirming the censorship, a BBC spokesperson said in a statement: "The BBC occasionally makes edits to acquired programmes in accordance with UK audience expectations.”
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Prince Andrew stepped back from public life after a headline-generating interview with Newsnight last year, during which he was questioned about his relationship with the late pedophile Jeffrey Epstein.
A second joke by Anita about Prince Phillip, filmed before his death on 9 April 2021, was also cut from the UK broadcast.
In another joke in the werkroom, Anita adopted The Queen's cut glass diction and said: "In my household, we have a long tradition of celebrating anniversaries. When somebody turns 100 I write them a letter. When somebody turns 16, Prince Andrew sends them a text. Too far?"
Apparently not, as that one made the UK cut!
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