TV Presenter Celebrates Queen's Death by Drinking Champagne Live on Air

The news of the death of Queen Elizabeth II wasn't received by everyone around the world with the same level of shock and grief experienced by many in Britain. In Argentina, TV host Santiago Cúneo popped open a bottle of champagne live on air while announcing the passing of the British monarch.

In footage from the live show, the Argentinian journalist appears surrounded by white and blue balloons—the colors of Argentina's flag—uncorking a champagne bottle and eating finger sandwiches after a message on screen reads "the old bag of s*** has died."

The queen's death was announced on Thursday evening, with a statement from Buckingham Palace which read: "The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon."

But while politicians and leaders around the world sent their condolences to the British royal family, and journalists around the world paid their tribute to the monarch, Cúneo broke the news of Queen Elizabeth II's death with incendiary words, announcing that "the old b**** has died. She's done for good. Loud applause for Satan who has finally taken her."

The controversial announcement by the Argentinian journalist quickly became viral in Argentina, with the hashtag #Cuneoalmediodia starting to trend on Twitter.

Many on Twitter joked about Cúneo being "the chillest Argentinian" and having champagne ready in the fridge for such an announcement.

"Who would have thought that he really had a champagne ready in the fridge, a patriot," one Twitter user joked. "Cúneo represents the average Argentine of today," wrote another.

"If there are any Irish pubs in Argentina, the celebration there will be intense," joked another on Twitter. In Ireland, the hashtag #HereWeGo started trending on Twitter following the death of the monarch.

Many in Argentina criticized Cúneo's bad taste and criticized those supporting his flamboyant performance on air.

"I am Argentinian and this guy doesn't represent me. We are sorry for this loss," wrote a user on Twitter.

Besides being a journalist, Cúneo is also a politician and businessman. He's mostly known for this program, Uno Mas Uno Tres, which was broadcasted on both radio and television between 2013 and 2018. The show received an award for Best Investigative Program in Argentina in both 2017 and 2018.

Argentina and Britain fought a bitter war over the Falkland Islands in 1982, where Argentina ultimately lost.

But despite the acrimony of the past, the country's foreign ministry had paid tribute to the deceased queen, saying the Argentine government expressed its "regret" for the passing of Queen Elizabeth II and it "accompanies the British people and her family in this moment of grief."

In this photo, Queen Elizabeth II meets guests as she attends the Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace on May 29, 2019 in London, England. An Argentine journalist (Inset) announced the death of Queen Elizabeth II by popping open a bottle of champagne. Getty