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Tina Fey's Controversial Speech Edited by PBS

Tina Fey
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Comments against Sarah Palin were deleted, but the network claims it's only because the broadcast ran 19 minutes long.

Tina Fey skewered Sarah Palin when she accepted her Mark Twain award at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. last week.  

But when the broadcast aired Sunday on PBS, several of her controversial comments during her speech were edited out, the Washington Post notes.


"And, you know, politics aside, the success of Sarah Palin and women like her is good for all women - except, of course --those who will end up, you know, like, paying for their own rape 'kit 'n' stuff," said Fey.

Said Fey on stage: "And, you know, politics aside, the success of Sarah Palin and women like her is good for all women - except, of course --those who will end up, you know, like, paying for their own rape 'kit 'n' stuff, But for everybody else, it's a win-win. Unless you're a gay woman who wants to marry your partner of 20 years - whatever. But for most women, the success of conservative women is good for all of us. Unless you believe in evolution. You know - actually, I take it back. The whole thing's a disaster." Watch here, around 12 minutes and 30 seconds.

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The broadcast version only included Fey saying: "I would be a liar and an idiot if I didn't thank Sarah Palin for helping get me here tonight. My partial resemblance and her crazy voice are the two luckiest things that ever happened to me. All kidding aside, I'm so proud to represent American humor, I am proud to be an American, and I am proud to make my home in the 'not real' America. And I am most proud that during trying times, like an orange [terror] alert, a bad economy or a contentious election that we as a nation retain our sense of humor."

Peter Kaminsky, one of the show's executive producers, swears "it was not a political decision. We had zero problems with anything she said."

Kaminsky instead says the 90-minute show ran about 19 minutes long. “We took a lot out," he said. "We snipped from everyone."

This isn't the first time a Twain winner has been edited. When comedian George Carlin was honored posthumously in 2008, producers left out his famous "Seven Dirty Words" routine -- which was played at the awards show -- from the broadcast.