Frankie Boyle routine 'axed' over 'disgusting' royal gags
Controversial Scottish comedian booed after jokes about Queen and Duchess shock audience
FRANKIE BOYLE has been accused of taking comedy to "a disgusting new low" after his jokes about the Queen and the Duchess of Cambridge "forced" the BBC to cut his entire routine from a TV fundraiser, the Daily Mail says.
The controversial Scottish comedian was booed by sections of the 12,500-strong audience at last night's Give It Up For Comic Relief event at Wembley Stadium after he told them he wished the Queen had died the night before the Royal Jubilee.
Boyle also made jokes about Kate Middleton's pregnancy, the death of Oscar Pistorius's girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp and Pope Benedict's decision to step down.
In a joke referring to the Queen's recent stay in hospital for gastroenteritis, Boyle said: "I wish the Queen had died the night before the Royal Jubilee - I wish she'd just f***ing died.
"I wish she'd died - because they wouldn't have been able to tell anyone. They would have had to hollow out her body into a suit and fill it with helium."
Turning his attention to the Duchess of Cambridge, he made a joke about the size of her breasts before launching into a gag about her pregnancy. He said: "I was amazed to hear Kate ever got pregnant in the first place. She told me she was on the f***ing pill."
The Mail says his entire ten-minute routine was "deemed in such bad taste" it was cut from BBC 3's "almost live" broadcast of the event. A spokesman for the BBC declined to comment on the reason Boyle's performance did not go to air, but described the 90-minute TV broadcast as "an extremely tight edit of a three-and-a-half-hour show".
Boyle is no stranger to controversy. In 2010, the broadcasting regulator Ofcom received 469 complaints when he cracked jokes about cancer victims, saying: "What is it about people with cancer that suddenly think they can run the f***ing marathon?"
He also attracted the ire of model and businesswoman Katie Price after making jokes about her 10-year-old son Harvey, who suffers from severe autism and visual impairment. ·