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Today Newsreader Alex Cullen reported on the 95-year-old monarch using a cane as she attended a centenary event for the Royal British Legion on Tuesday at Westminster Abbey.
The report took an uncomfortable turn when Karl quipped that the Queen could use her walking stick for something other than its actual purpose.
Watch a clip from the exchange below:
“She was using a cane. She’s 95," Alex told viewers.
Karl interrupted Alex's report as she said: “She’d use it to beat you up.”
Co-host Allison Langdon chipped in, adding: “She’d win too.”
“She would win. I’d let her win. She’s 95,” a Alex replied with a grin, before Karl said: "Let her win – she’d smash you bro."
Then Alex said: “She would smash me – and then jump on me.”
Karl replied with an even more shocking comeback: “Oh – I suppose she is single!”
Viewers were not happy about the joke and took to Twitter to call out the presenters for their remarks. One Twitter user said: “Stefanovic and Cullen should be fired for their rudeness, disrespect and crude insinuations.
"That stick is to help our 95 year old Queen and that sort of rubbish on TV should be dealt with harshly.”
While another viewer defended the Queen, writing: "There is nothing wrong for the Queen to use a walking stick. She is a human, give her a break."
Tyla has contacted Channel Nine for further comment.
The Queen has returned to her commitments after the death of her husband Prince Philip, who died in April aged 99.
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