18 problematic TV shows and movie scenes that were clipped

30 Rock made blackface four times. FIRE.


In one of the animated “blooper wheels” at the end of Toy Story 2“Stinky Pete” – the film’s villain, narrated by Kelsey Grammer – asks two Barbie dolls if they are “really identical” and offers them a role in Toy Story 3… but under the implications that he gets “something” from them in return. In 2019, this scene was cut from all future releases of Toy Story 2.


The breakfast club stars Molly Ringwald and Ally Sheedy teamed up with producer Michelle Manning to get director John Hughes to cut a scene with “unmotivated female nudity”.

That scene featured members of the Breakfast Club spying on an attractive gymnastics teacher while she switched. Karen Leigh Hopkins was cast as a gymnastics teacher before Ringwald, Sheedy and Manning stepped in to cut the scene completely off.

Hughes then replaced the gymnastics teacher with a janitor, which was originally played by Rick Moranis. But when Moranis played the character as a “Russian cartoon”, he was fired and replaced by John Kapelos.


IN Friendsthe plot in “The One Where Rachel Tells Ross” was originally supposed to be very different, but after the tragic events of 9/11, the editors struggled to make last-minute changes.

The core story, however, remained the same: Chandler and Monica are going on their honeymoon only to see a few more honeymooners get all the benefits instead of them, including being upgraded to first class as well as a nicer room when they arrived at the hotel. But according to Insider, the original version had it, so Chandler and Monica did not reach the hotel at all.

The authors had it that Chandler made a joke about bombs at the airport, which then got them detained. After they were released from the interrogation room, Monica shouted at Joey and Phoebe over the phone and got them detained again. This episode was to be aired about a month after 9/11, so this subplot was cut in the wake of the terrorist attack.


13 reasons why was always controversial – it was praised both for openly discussing mental illness, but also for wrongfully glorifying suicide. One study even indicated that teens’ suicides rose dramatically after the show’s release.

Before the third season of the series aired, Netflix retroactively decided to remove the scene showing Hannah Baker killing herself in the first season. Now it just goes beyond that her parents find her. Netflix too issued a statement said they discussed the matter with medical experts before ultimately deciding to edit the scene.


Years after their original release, Tina Fey – the creator of the Emmy-winning show 30 Rock – insisted on removing more race – sensitive episodes from streaming services. The first was season 3, episode 2, where the characters Jenna Maroney and Tracy Jordan quarreled over whether it was harder to be a white woman or a black man. This prompted them to perform a “social experiment” in which they both dressed in drag – with Tracy in white face and Jenna in blackface.


So, in season 5, episode 4 – one of the series’ “Live Show” specials – they got Dr. Drew Baird, the handsome-but-stupid doctor played by Jon Hamm, to lose both his hands and as a result receive a hand transplant from a black man from the death row. His hands then try to suffocate him.


Next, there was Season 5, Episode 10, where Jenna Maroney dressed up as Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Lynn Swann for a 2010 New Year-themed party. Jenna went as “Black Swan (n).”


And finally out of 30 Rock examples include season 6, episode 19 a scene intended to criticize television’s historical use of blackface. Jon Hamm appears in a clip of Alfie and Amosa fake sitcom from the 1950s in which the actor who plays Alfie (Tracy Morgan) becomes more and more disgusted by his co-star’s “stereotypical” portrayal of a black character.


In it Sex and the City Season 1 episode, “The Monogamists”, Charlotte – according to Vanity Fair – had a story where she dated a guy who was adamant that she gave him blowjobs. He also had a golden retriever who always saw them in the bedroom, which scared Charlotte. She continued to leave him, but eventually she changed, walked back and watched the dog walk down on him. Yes … this scene was scrapped.


After filming a scene in The predator where Steven Wilder Striegel’s character hit her, Munn found out he was a registered sex offender and no one working on the film had been told. She went on to file a complaint with 20th Century Fox. Prior to filming, Striegel had spent six months in jail for trying to lure a minor into a sexual relationship.

Director Shane Black – who was aware of Striegel’s conviction – later issued a statement claiming he cast Striegel in an attempt to “help a friend”. Black also claimed he was unaware of the extent of the allegations, prompting Striegel to call his bluff in his own personal statement. Striegel’s one scene was then cut off The predator.


Although this scene appeared in the book version of That, the visuals of Pennywise actually eating a baby were too graphic to translate into movies. In the alleged scene – which was found in its entirety on Reddit – Pennywise tortures a woman and her baby. Comments Bill Skarsgård came up with a disturbing scene in the film, suggesting that at least part of it was filmed, but fortunately it did not appear in the final film.


IN Horrible Bosses 2Jennifer Aniston’s character had a cut scene where she took advantage of Charlie Day’s character while he was in a coma.

When Conan O’Brien interviewed Aniston about the film, he asked why she thought the scene did not reach the final cut. “It was like that, not even mutual, you know?” she answered. “I do not want to say that.”


In an attempt to bring a classic time-traveling predicament to light, one of Deadpool 2‘s post-credit scenes included Deadpool meeting infant Hitler. Deadpool questions what to do, and the scene ends with him reaching into the cradle before it turns black.

While the scene was cut from the movie, the extended “Super Duper Cut” revealed that Deadpool only picks up the baby and continues to change his diaper.


The Disney movie from 1940, Fantasy, contained two dark-skinned female “centaurs” named Otika and Sunflower, who served the light-skinned characters.

In one scene, Otika can be seen rolling a red carpet next to Bacchus, the god of wine, and sunflower polishing the hooves of a white centaurette. Disney edited the characters in 1969 – the same year that President Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act.


According to Steve-O’s episode of Hot Ones’ Truth or Dab show, several stunts were too awful to include in the last clips of Jackass. The first – “Box Down Stairs” – featured Johnny Knoxville, who sealed himself in a large cardboard box (with a few pillows for “padding”) before being pushed down cement stairs. Steve-O called it “violent as hell.”


The other involved Knoxville, who shot himself with a gun.

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And the third saw Knoxville announce, “I’m Johnny Knoxville, and I’ll soon be hit by a car.” I think you can guess what happened next. When asked what the hell he was thinking, Knoxville replied, “I was wearing two pairs of jeans so I was safe.”


And finally, Scary stories to tell in the dark director André Øvredal finally decided to cut a scene where Harold, a vengeful scarecrow, tore off a character’s skin.

Øvredal told Slate: “Everyone I talked to who has a relationship with these books, they remember that they went to the school fair and fought over the books at the library when they were children, and discovered and read them under the sheets in bed. It “would just be so unfair to the books if we made an ugly, ugly horror movie. It can be awesome sometimes, and I love it myself, but that’s never the point.”

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