DJ Axed for Dissing Queen's Speech

Guillotine quip gets British jokester the chop
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 30, 2009 4:13 AM CST

(Newser) – A British radio DJ's bosses weren't amused when he cut short the Queen's traditional speech and joked about the guillotine. The owners of Birmingam station BRMB say presenter Tom Binns—who called the speech boring before putting on Wham's Last Christmas—won't be working for any of the media group's stations again, the Telegraph reports.

After the station switched to the speech by mistake, "I decided to get rid of it and make a joke. I said: 'Two words: bor-ing.' I then went into an old riff about how people say the royal family are good for tourism, but the French beheaded theirs and people still visit France," Binns said. "It's got to the point where comedians aren't allowed to say anything that could possibly offend anyone anymore," he complained.

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