Tony Christie hurt by cruel Jubilee joke

Published Wednesday, 06 June 2012
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British singer Tony Christie has been left fuming after comedian Peter Kay made a savage joke about him at Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee Concert.

Tony Christie hurt by cruel Jubilee joke

Kay, who covered the singer's hit Is This The Way To Amarillo for a charity single in 2005, took to the stage outside Buckingham Palace in London on Monday night and took a swipe at Christie's credibility, suggesting he now only performs at holiday camps.

The funnyman introduced Sir Paul McCartney by asking revellers at the concert who they thought was next, prompting one audience member to call out Christie's name.

Kay retorted: "Tony Christie? It's not happy hour at Center Parcs."

Now the veteran crooner has responded, telling of his disappointment in Kay and the hurt he felt as a result of the mockery.

Christie tells the Daily Mail: "I don't know what I've done to Peter Kay to deserve this.

"I can't understand why he'd disrespect a fellow artist on such a beautiful and auspicious occasion. My grandchildren were watching and they were hurt. The phone hasn't stopped ringing with family, friends and other entertainers wondering why he would be so cruel."

The star's son and manager, Sean, adds: "My father is an internationally respected artist who has sold more than 10 million albums worldwide. He's never sang at Center Parcs. His next performance will be in St Petersburg for Russian President Vladimir Putin."

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Alan Gleghorn in Stanley in County Durham wrote (721 days ago):
I think TC has totally over reacted - have been an avid follower of him for nearly 40 years - ok he is a respected performer who has sold millions of albums - so has Des Oconnor - you should follow his example and rise above the banter. If it was'nt for PK your come back would not have been so successful. You owe him a lot so stop being a wussy.
Dave in Leicester wrote (780 days ago):
get a life.....he put u back to where u r now.
Keith Mac in Liverpool wrote (866 days ago):
Tony Christie get a life it was a compères quip no harm meant its called ad libbing and sometimes at someone's expense this time yours next time it will be somebody else your over reacting and you've got a short memory it was only 5 minutes ago that Peter Kay put you back on the radar so take it in the context it was delivered it was a joke, dont you turn out to become one
jacqui in York wrote (866 days ago):
He's a comedian its what they do and if he can walk on stage dressed as he did surely TC could take it as a joke JP
Jacqui Peters in York wrote (866 days ago):
I don't think the comment was meant to be hurtful, Its what comedian's do !!
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