Tina Fey's Sarah Palin Joke Cut From Mark Twain Prize Speech (VIDEO)

Tina Fey was awarded the coveted Mark Twain Prize for Humor last week, and yesterday we showed you a clip of her hilarious acceptance speech including a heap of praise for Sarah Palin. Today, however, we learn from The Hollywood Reporter that PBS actually cut a controversial bit Fey did about Palin and the success of conservative women when the award ceremony was broadcast.

Peter Kaminsky, one of the broadcast's executive producers, told The Washington Post that, "it was not a political decision," and that they "snipped from everyone" because the 90-minute show ran 19 minutes too long.

The joke in question entertains the idea that Palin's success would be a good thing for womankind, but then interjects jabs at conservative views on sexuality, health care, and creationism:

"And, you know, politics aside, the success of Sarah Palin and women like her is good for all women - except, of course --those who will end up, you know, like, paying for their own rape 'kit 'n' stuff, But for everybody else, it's a win-win. Unless you're a gay woman who wants to marry your partner of 20 years - whatever. But for most women, the success of conservative women is good for all of us. Unless you believe in evolution. You know - actually, I take it back. The whole thing's a disaster."

Watch Fey receive her award below, and hear her remarks about Palin around the 12:30 mark.


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