Comedian Don Rickles’ insult to President Barack Obama, delivered at a recent tribute to Shirley MacLaine, will be cut from TV Land’s broadcast of the event, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The American Film Institute event lasted four hours, and will be edited down to 90 minutes, the story says.
A representative for the 86-year-old Rickles said the comedian is not being censored. "[W]e knew Don’s spot would be cut a bit for time, as would others, including possibly Shirley herself, since the show ran over and we knew it was likely that [it] might be edited. This is a non-story and requires no further comment," the rep said, according to the piece.
The joke compared Obama to a janitor, according to the story. Rickles said, “President Obama is a personal friend of mine. He was over to the house yesterday, but the mop broke.”