The BBC has defended cutting LGBT lyrics from two performances of Lady Gaga’s Born This Way in the past month.

A group of One Show reporters performed the song on Let’s Sing and Dance for Comic Relief on BBC One on Saturday.

But they didn’t include a line about “gay, straight, or bi, lesbian, transgendered life”.

A BBC statement said the song was shortened “purely for length”. The band Iron Sun also sang the track – without that line – on the Let It Shine final.

The original song includes the line: “No matter gay, straight, or bi/lesbian, transgendered life/I’m on the right track baby/I was born to survive.”

Other lyrics were also cut during the TV performances.

After Saturday’s programme, the BBC said: “It is standard procedure to edit down music tracks to fit into the running time of the show.”

But some viewers have complained on Twitter.

On Saturday, One Show reporters Angelica Bell, Dominic Littlewood, Michelle Ackerly, Iwan Thomas and Alex Thomas donned Lady Gaga-style outfits to perform the song.

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