Comedian Joe Lycett’s pot-shot at the UK government during the Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony was cut out by the BBC on social media.

The popular entertainer had the crowd of 35,000 at Birmingham’s Alexander Stadium in stitches during a brief cameo as the athletes made their way into the arena on Friday morning (AEST).

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Lycett appeared to take a swipe at the embattled Conservative Party — and its hard-line immigration policy — when he cheekily quipped: “I’m going to do something now that the British government doesn’t always do, and welcome some foreigners”.

Dressed in a frilly pink tracksuit, Lycett earlier described himself as “Birmingham’s answer to Sporty Spice”.

The BBC, the official Commonwealth Games broadcaster, posted a video of Lycett’s cameo on Twitter, but the highlight clip was cut off before Lycett’s gibe.

The broadcaster captioned the video: “Joe Lycett, you MUST tell us where you got that outfit!”

Some Twitter users replied to the tweet by accusing the broadcaster of “censoring” Lycett’s cameo.

The 34-year-old’s performance came after TV icon Lenny Henry also went rogue during his cameo appearance.

The arena spectacle was headlined by the presence of a giant 10m tall “Raging Bull” but it was Henry’s performance that had plenty of people talking.

Given the job as master of ceremonies and introducing the athletes as they made their way into the stadium, the British actor took a very casual approach.

“What an opening ceremony — I’ve had the wrong kind of mushrooms on my toast this morning,” he said of the crazy, artistic display.

“We are live from the Alexander Stadium with 30,000 spectators, including my brother Seymour who’s down the front.

“All your little faces smiling at me — black, brown, pink, white, sunburnt from last week.

“Please welcome our Commonwealth champions.”

Earlier it was the “Raging Bull” at the centre of the global discussions.

The Bull Ring is a major shopping district in Birmingham, which also features a sculpture of a bull, while the mascot for these Commonwealth Games is Perry the Bull.

Female chain makers dragged the bull into the stadium, representing the chains used during the slave trade. The bull then broke free of those chains — symbolising the abolition of the slave trade and the 1910 wage strike that paved the way for women to break free from poverty.

The bull was then “tamed” by a performer and plonked in the middle of the stadium, becoming a focal point of the entire ceremony.

Earlier, Prince Charles arrived in style, driving the same Aston Martin the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge famously left Buckingham Palace in on their wedding day.

Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles, Duchess of Cornwall, arrived together at the Alexander Stadium — drawing comparisons to James Bond and his famous Aston Martin.

The Prince of Wales drove his luxury, vintage car out onto the arena before a display where several motor vehicles combined to form a perfect Union Jack on the arena surface.

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