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Sealed with a kiss

Aug 18, 2003  •  Post A Comment

Fashion guru Carson Kressley, left, of “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy” is shown here with gay Republican “Rod” backstage at the Broadway show “Avenue Q” in New York last week. While they discussed puppet makeover, last week’s episode of the hit show on NBC ran with a three-minute cut, made to accommodate the network’s format, according to a spokesperson for NBC. Those cuts apparently also relieved some affiliates’ objections to bathroom humor near the top of the show (in which a country-style straight guy who wants to propose to his girlfriend gets spiffed up by the gay “Fab Five”). The scenes in question take place in the straight guy’s bedroom, where members of the Fab Five sniff and display underwear and bed linens and make jokes about bodily wastes and fluids. After seeing an edited preview tape, John Mann, general manager of Schurz Communications-owned WAGT-TV in Augusta, Ga., decided the show could air in his community. That means it got 100 percent clearance on NBC affiiates, though a few did delay the airing until later in the evening.