NBC Official Apologizes to Affiliates for 'Saturday Night Live' Gaffes
Feb. 25, 1994
NEW YORK (AP) _ An NBC executive apologized for last week's raunchy comedy of ''Saturday Night Live'' guest host Martin Lawrence and said it wouldn't be seen on the network again.
''Today, we can announce that last week's program will not be repeated on the NBC network even in an edited form,'' Don Ohlmeyer said in a fax sent Thursday to station affiliates.
Lawrence, star of the Fox show ''Martin,'' departed from his script last Saturday to joke about the John Bobbitt case, oral sex and feminine hygiene. His publicists said Lawrence had no comment.
''He (Ohlmeyer) just felt strongly that it was a mistake and felt badly about the whole incident,'' NBC spokeswoman Pat Schultz said.
The jokes prompted at least 177 viewer complaints. NBC edited the offending material from its tape-delayed broadcast for West Coast viewers. Ohlmeyer is NBC's West Coast president.
He told affiliates ''we are exploring alternatives for safeguarding against ad-libbed comments without taking away from the 'live' nature of the show.'' He didn't elaborate.