Aussie TV host Karl Stefanovic makes crude joke about the Queen using a walking stick

By Katie Wilson

Australian TV host Karl Stefanovic took a swipe at the Queen after she was seen using a walking stick for the first time in public.

The 95-year-old monarch was handed the stick as she attended a centenary event for the Royal British Legion at London’s Westminster Abbey on Tuesday.

It is thought the walking aid is purely ‘for comfort’ rather than any medical reason.

Newsreader Alex Cullen reported the story as part of his segment on Aussie breakfast show, Today.

But after the report, the atmosphere in the studio took a turn when host Karl suggested the Queen could use her new walking stick to beat someone up.

Today hosts Karl Stefanovic has come under fire for his comments about Queen Elizabeth (Nine)

Showing footage of Queen Elizabeth with the walking aid, newsreader Alex told viewers: “She was using a cane. She’s 95.”

Interrupting Alex’s report, Karl caused giggles in the studio as he chipped in: “She’d use it to beat you up.”

His female co-host joined in saying: “She’d win too.”

“She would win. I’d let her win. She’s 95,” a smiling Alex replied.

The Queen was handed the stick as she got out her car (Getty Images)
The Queen is said to use the stick for comfort and not a medical reason (SplashNews.com)

Co-anchor Karl then remarked: “Let her win – she’d smash you bro.”

But the joke didn’t stop there as Alex carried on: “She would smash me – and then jump on me.”

In a shocking comeback, Karl replied: “Oh – I suppose she is single!”

Fans were quick to comment on social media – with one even calling for the telly hosts to be sacked.

“Stefanovic and Cullen should be fired for their rudeness, disrespect and crude insinuations,” one wrote. “That stick is to help our 95 year old Queen and that sort of rubbish on TV should be dealt with harshly.”

Another said: ‘There is nothing wrong for the Queen to use a walking stick. She is a human give her a break.”

While a third poked fun at presenter Karl saying: “Karl, please start exercising MORE. However, the Queen still looks in good condition for someone of her age.”

The Queen lost her husband Prince Philip in April this year (WireImage)

The Queen has returned to her commitments following the death of her husband of 73 years, Prince Philip, who died in April this year at the age of 99.

The monarch was previously pictured using a walking stick back in 2003 following surgery to remove a torn cartilage from her right knee.

Over the next year, the then 76-year-old was spotted using the stick on a few more occasions while she recovered.

In 2018, it was reported the Queen was still suffering from some pain in her knee.

But sources say she is reluctant to have any further surgery at her age due to the time off it would take to recover.

The Queen has made some other recent adjustments to major events she attends to ensure she is comfortable.

Back in 2016, she used a lift rather than walking up the 26-step royal staircase for the state opening of parliament.

She has also not worn the heavy Imperial State Crown on her head at official events for five years.

Instead the crown is placed on a red and gold velvet cushion during proceedings.

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