Kenny Everett was sacked once for suggesting on his radio show that the
Minister of Transport 's wife had passed her driving test by bribing the
examiner. He was also sacked for introducing a song called 'Walking With
The One I Love' as 'Walking With My One-Eyed Love' (lest he offend one-eyed
people everywhere). But best of all, the BBC decided not to re-new his
contract when he said on air 'When England was a kingdom, we had a king.
When we were an empire, we had an emperor. Now we're a country..., and
we have Margaret Thatcher.'
Everett once alarmed Russell Harty on his live chat show by starting a
limerick with 'The boy stood in the chip shop/Eating red hot scallops...'
And then stopping. In the last seconds of the show he continued: 'One
fell down his trouser leg... And scalded his ankles.' All was fine and
the credits started to roll. At which point Everett yelled -'Missed his
I was always a big fan of Kenny Everett from his Capital Radio days to
the Kenny Everett Video Show. He was outrageous and irreverent when it
was almost impossible to be a so, and often suffered dismissal as a consequence,
only to be re-instated though popular demand, probably with the enticement
of a bigger fee and his promise that he will behave. But of course he
never did, although he was clever at misbehaving, clever unlike today
when it's all too easy to just come out with some expletive and be hailed
as outrageous. -Everett like comics of old relied on double-entendres
and suggestion, e.g. 'What is it that a man does standing up, a woman
sitting down, and a dog on three legs?
It's shaking hands!