TV host evokes disgust after celebrating Queen's death with champagne

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While TV newsreaders around the word donned black ties to sombrely announce the death of Queen Elizabeth, one host celebrated with champagne and streamers.

Balloons and streamers sat in front of the desk as Argentine presenter Santiago Cúneo clapped at the start of his segment before popping open a bottle of champagne.

The Argentine businessman, politician and journalist popped open a bottle of champagne

"It's over for good. Loud applause for Satan who took her away," the businessman, politician and journalist said on the Canal 22 program, Argentine news site TN reported.

While he toasted to the Queen's death, he reportedly called her an "old woman" and said her passing was "good news for everyone".

Santiago Cuneo celebrated Queen Elizabeth II's death. Source: Twitter
Santiago Cuneo celebrated Queen Elizabeth II's death. Source: Twitter

In the video that has been shared on Spanish news sites, but has apparently been taken down from Cúneo's site, other hosts on the show were seen applauding.

While in the wake of Her Majesty's death, some have pointed to the monarchy's ties to colonisation, but many thought getting the champagne out was in poor taste.

"A disgrace, what a lack of respect! He may not like the monarchy but he could respect a deceased person," one person said in response to Cúneo's spray at the Queen, the Metro reported.

"Apparently, you have to be rude to gain an audience, what a sad world. If this man was a little smarter he would know that the Queen has no political power."

Read more coverage of the Queen's passing:

A police officer stands guard near floral tributes placed at Buckingham Palace, following the passing of Queen Elizabeth, in London, Britain, September 9, 2022. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls
People all over the world have mourned the death of Queen Elizabeth. Source: Reuters

World reacts to Queen Elizabeth's death

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Britain's longest-serving monarch, died at the age of 96 in Balmoral. A statement from Buckingham Palace said she died peacefully.

World leaders have paid their respect to the Queen, many expressing gratitude to the late royal.

"Her Majesty celebrated our good times and she stood with us during trials and hardships, happy and glorious," Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said on Friday.

"In particular we recall the sympathy and personal kindness she extended to Australians afflicted by tragedy and disaster from floods and bushfires."

Pictured is Queen Elizabeth II died who at age 96.
Queen Elizabeth II died at age 96. Source: Getty Images

However, just like on Cúneo's show, there have been some ugly scenes from around the world following her death.

Uju Anya, Associate Professor at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, on hearing of the Queen's deteriorating condition told her Twitter followers she wished her "pain be excruciating".

Arsenal and FC Zurich were set to take the field for a moment of silence out of respect for the Queen before play resumed. However, some spectators started booing and shouting during the silence.

Australian comedy group The Chaser divided opinion when they poked fun at Queen Elizabeth's death with several tweets.

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