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This year's Emmys kept Fox censors on their toes.

Three instances of frank language during the telecast caused the network to cover itself, including a four-second delay triggered by Sally Field's usage of the epithet "goddamn" as she accepted the trophy for lead actress in a drama series for ABC's "Brothers & Sisters."

Referring to the Iraq War, she said, "Let's face it, if the mothers ruled the world, there would be no goddamned wars in the first place."

Two other instances called for some creative camera selection on the fly. "Grey's Anatomy's" Katherine Heigl mouthed the word "shit" upon learning that she had won for supporting actress in a drama series, which prompted Fox to use a previously taped snippet of the audience in its stead.

Early in the broadcast, Fox was forced to drop picture and sound during a stand-up monologue from "Everybody Loves Raymond's" Ray Romano. Referring to the new Fox series "Back to You" featuring "Frasier" star Kelsey Grammer and his own former co-star on "Raymond," Patricia Heaton, Romano said, "Frasier is screwing my wife." Fox opted to eliminate the verb from the aforementioned sentence.

The Emmys are no stranger to profanity. In 2004, Elaine Stritch was bleeped for joking comments she made from the stage. In previous years, comedians ranging from Martin Lawrence to Gilbert Gottfried have had their original statements altered for broadcast.

Perhaps all the salty language should have been expected given an utterance made last week by Bravo reality star Kathy Griffin, who exclaimed "Suck it, Jesus!" upon winning a Creative Emmy award. E!, which aired that telecast, edited out the comment.
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