Over the course of its nearly 40-year run, the question of how to deal with serious, not-funny-at-all issues has had to be asked again and again by the writers, producers, and cast members of Saturday Night Live.
It happened again over the weekend, with the city of Ferguson, Missouri (and large parts of the rest of the country) in a state of fury over the failure to indict officer Darren Wilson for the murder of Michael Brown. And apparently it wasn’t answered satisfactorily, since SNL‘s take on Ferguson ended up getting “cut for time.”
The sketch was called “Morning News,” and the dress rehearsal version was put up on the official Saturday Night Live YouTube channel on Sunday as part of the “Cut for Time” feature. As for the real rationale behind the sketch’s deletion from the actual broadcast episode, we might never know—but it probably came down to someone in charge making the decision that the sketch was just too raw to be on TV.
You can decide for yourself by watching the cut Saturday Night Live “Morning News” sketch, featuring James Franco as an unfortunately-named chef, below. And for more, head over to the SNL YouTube channel here.