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Comedy Central reportedly cancels ‘Diversity Day’ episode from ‘The Office’

Comedy Central have reportedly shelved a famous episode of the hit comedy “The Office” from a recent rerun marathon.

First reported by Barstool Sports, the popular channel has dropped the famous “Diversity Day” episode which saw boss Michael Scott attempt to teach people in the office about diversity. To do so he holds a seminar during which he speaks in an exaggerated Indian accent and copies Chris Rock’s famous stand-up routine about the different types of black people.

Barstool sports writer and host of the podcast ‘Splittin’ Chiclets’, Rear Admiral, noticed that the second episode of the first series was missing from a recent marathon rerun of the show, describing it as being “quietly omitted from the rotation.” He asked Comedy Central why the episode had been dropped and they failed to reply.

Rear Admiral stated that “it’s really just treating folks like children, telling them that they’re not equipped to handle Michael Scott imitating Chris Rock. As if people voluntarily tuning into a tv comedy was going to suddenly send them out into the streets. Ch***t all they had to do is leave the episode up and quietly throw in one of those {disclaimers} that airs before even goddamn BEVERLY HILL COP II nowadays. This isn’t hard but I don’t know why they make it so hard on themselves.” 

The man who masterminded ‘The Office’ and starred in the British version, Ricky Gervais, joked back in July that the show would be banned completely if it was released in this time and age; “I mean now it would be cancelled. I’m looking forward to when they pick out one thing and try to cancel it. Someone said they might try and cancel it one day, and I say ‘Good, let them cancel it. I’ve been paid’.”

Steve Carrell who played boss Michael in the series also said he believed that networks nowadays would shy away from airing the comedy; “It might be impossible to do that show today and have people accept it the way it was accepted 10 years ago. The climates are different. I mean the whole idea of that character, Michael Scott, so much of it was predicated on inappropriate behaviour,” he told Esquire in 2018. 

This isn’t the first time an episode of ‘The Office’ that has been tampered with. ‘The Office’ previously edited out a scene called “Dwight Christmas” in which Dwight appeared on screen in blackface whilst attempting to experience an authentic Pennsylvania Dutch Christmas. Netflix and Peacock also removed this scene.

ARTICLE: PAUL MURDOCH

MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE
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