Photo from source, television.aol.com
OK, now that the show has aired, I can finally read the afore-mentioned AOL story on the Emmys controversy. Nice of them to put that on their splash page while the show was just airing in the West. Harrumph.
Anyway, the FOX censors got a little melodramatic, cutting away to a silent shot of a large disco ball over the stage, blanking out whatever it was that Ray Romano and Sally Field were saying at different times during the show. Much ado about nothing, I think. A simple bleep would have done just fine, and not called so much attention to it.
Another note: that whole "in the round" concept was not a good idea. These shows are usually played against a backdrop, and the entrances and exits are obvious. Most of the stars looked confused about which way to go. Not to mention, half the audience present had to look at backsides. I'll bet they go back to the traditional stage setup next year (another prediction!).
Emmy Censors Get Workout
Ray Romano joked about his former "Everybody Loves Raymond" wife, Patricia Heaton, sleeping with her new "Back to You" co-star Kelsey Grammer. But he used a stronger word than "sleeping," which prompted Fox to cut away for a few seconds. [snip]
Sally Field praised mothers when she won an Emmy for lead actress in a drama series but also let her anti-war sentiments surface with a God-related swear word." And, let's face it, if the mothers ruled the war, there would be no (expletive) wars in the first place," Field said.
UPDATE: The video is now available: