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Elton John Pulls Out Of 'Have I Got News For You'
26 May 2001 | 0:00:00 GMT/UTC

Elton John Elton John pulled out of an appearance on Have I Got News For You (BBC) at the last minute last night (25 May). He was replaced by a lookalike called 'Ray'.

The team, which last night was Ian Hislop, Paul Merton and (guest) Janet Street Porter did not tell viewers that Elton had been replaced. A series of captions flashed up on the screen:

"It's not really Elton John. Elton John was booked yesterday but he pulled out. Bastard."

Later in the show...
"This is Ray, Ray is a lookalike and a cabbie. You can book Ray on (phone number). Ray is reliable unlike Elton. Bastard."
Ray was wearing Elton's trademark toupee, sunglasses, striped shirt and loud suit. He did not speak during the show just laughing at jokes made by the other panelists.

A spokesperson for Have I Got News For You said, "It was just a bit of fun."

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