Viewers of one NBC affiliate missed out on pieces of comedian Dave Chappelle’s performance over the weekend on “Saturday Night Live.” Deadline.com reports that WRAL-TV in the Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill market in North Carolina made ample use of the bleep option during Chappelle’s opening monologue and various sketches.
Steven D. Hammel, vice president and general manager at WRAL, explained the action in a statement saying: “WRAL-TV has a station obscenity, decency and profanity policy that outlines 10 specific words that will not be broadcast on our air. This policy is based on our own standards in combination with FCC guidelines. Our broadcast operators have a 10-second delay button they can choose to use. During ‘Saturday Night Live’ on NBC, guest host Dave Chappelle used 2 of those words on 9 different occasions and they were silenced.”
Hammel’s statement added: “Obviously, ‘SNL’ is a live show so we had no prior indication about what would be said during the broadcast. We understand this caused disruption during the program. We wanted our audience to know this was a station decision, not the network’s, and why we made that choice.”
Here’s Chappelle’s opening monologue from Saturday night …