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Reverend Richard Coles in trouble with the church after Have I Got News For You slot

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Rev. Reverend Richard Coles Mandatory Credit: Photo by Fabio De Paola/REX (10637509ir) the Rev. Reverend Richard Coles where he is the parish priest of St. Mary's Church in Finedon, Northamptonshire. Reverend Richard Coles was member of 80's pop band The Communards before working in the church and being ordained in 2005. His partner David Oldham recently died.Richard his pictured in the vicarage where he lives with dogs Daisy and Pongo. Various, UK
Rev Richard Coles got a telling off after appearing on Have I Got News For You (Picture: Rex)

Reverend Richard Coles was reprimanded by the church after letting out a ‘bad word’ on the panel show Have I Got News For You.

The former Strictly Come Dancing star is trying his hand at stand-up comedy for Stand Up And Deliver, a new two-part series on Channel 4 in support of Stand Up To Cancer.

However, Richard said he would avoid foul language in his routines or risk disciplinary action, according to the Clergy Discipline Measure.

‘I could be done under the terms of the clergy discipline measure,’ Richard revealed.

‘I once let out a bad word on Have I Got News For You. When I opened my email the next day, the first thing I saw was “Lambeth Palace complaint”. I’ve been a bit wary since.’

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Richard’s sister-in-law died last year after contracting Covid-19 during treatment for cancer and in 2019 his civil partner, the Rev David Coles, who was also a priest, died after a long illness.

Richard Cole in the church
Richard received a scolding email from the church (Picture: Rex)

He said he was comfortable laughing when faced with an event such as the death of a loved one.

Explaining his reasons for joining the show, he added to Radio Times: ‘Well, as a vicar, of course I spend a lot of my time laughing in the face of death. It comes with the territory, and dark humour is good and cool.

‘Also my sister-in-law died of cancer, and Covid, in the middle of all this… so being involved with Stand Up to Cancer is obviously a good thing.

‘David’s dying was actually full of comedy, which made me and him laugh when he was in a fit state to appreciate what was going on.

‘Medics, undertakers and clergy have a black sense of humour, but I’m not sure it’s something for public consumption.’

Richard has been paired with established comedian David Baddiel, who is mentoring and training him ahead of a special performance.

The five amateurs also include soap star Katie McGlynn and reality TV personality Curtis Pritchard.

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