Tina Fey mercilessly mocked Sarah Palin while accepting the Mark Twain Award for comedy, but viewers who watched the ceremony on PBS didn't hear any of it.
When the 30 Rock star accepted the award last week in Washington, she gave a shout-out to "conservative women" like Sarah Palin, who Fey famously impersonated on Saturday Night Live. "Politics aside, the success of Sarah Palin and women like her is good for all women — except, of course those who will end up paying for their own rape kit and stuff," she said, among other choice slams.
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When PBS aired Fey's acceptance speech Sunday, however, most of her comments about Palin had been edited out, except for one semi-serious thank you to the former Alaskan Governor.
"I would be a liar and an idiot if I didn't thank Sarah Palin for helping get me here tonight," Fey said. "My partial resemblance and her crazy voice are the two luckiest things that ever happened to me."
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Peter Kaminsky, an executive producer of the show, said in a statement that the speech was shortened for time, not content. "It was not a political decision. We had zero problems with anything she said."
Watch the unedited footage of Fey's speech below (begins at the 12:30 mark):
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