John Oliver felt intimidated by the mere thought of Beyonce's presence at the 'Lion King' cast photo-shoot
The 42-year-old comedian - who voices the part of Zazu alongside Beyonce in the new Disney movie - has joked that he was overwhelmed by the prospect of appearing in the same photo as the chart-topping superstar.
23 July 2019
He quipped: "She wasn't there on Friday night. But there was a marker on the floor noting where she'd be photo-shopped in.
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"Chiwetel [Ejiofor] was sitting in the front and he said, 'You need to be careful where your foot is,' and I look down on the floor and there was just this piece of tape on the floor with Beyonce's name on it..."
John - who hosts 'Last Week Tonight' - admitted the thought prompted an "electrical reaction".
Appearing on 'The Late Show with Stephen Colbert', he continued: "... Just the future presence of Beyonce was so intimidating."
The stand-up star also explained his deer-in-headlights expression in the movie's official photo.
John said: "What I'm doing is imagining that I am about to be put into a photo with Beyonce one day and that was nerve-wracking enough!"
During the interview, John reaffirmed an earlier claim that Beyonce is the "actual queen", rather than Queen Elizabeth II.
Justifying his previous statement, the comedy star - who was born in England but now resides in the US - said: "It didn't seem like that was that controversial to say!
"If you had a choice to choose between Beyonce and Queen Elizabeth II, is anyone including Queen Elizabeth II taking the second one?"