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Press Release

September 21, 2006

PTC: NBC's Damage Control Over Removal of God From Veggie Tales Falling Apart


LOS ANGELES (September 21, 2006) – In response to the outrage over the allegations that NBC was ordering the removal of any references to God and the Bible from the animated series Veggie Tales, the network has issued a flat denial.


As reported in Broadcasting & Cable, NBC had to "clip off the beginning and ending tags, which are Bible verses, but they were also arguably the easiest cut to make.  ‘Veggie Tales was originally created for home video and, in most cases, each episode is over 30 minutes long,' the network said in a statement. ‘As it appears on Qubo [NBC's Saturday morning Block, which is a co-venture with four other kids TV producers including Veggie Tales], Veggie Tales has been edited down for broadcast without losing any of its core messages about positive values.'"


The creator of Veggie Tales, Phil Vischer, has gone public and disclosed this line as being false.  Stating on his web site, www.philvischer.com, Mr. Vischer said, "Well, that's kinda funny, because as the guy required to do all the editing, I know that statement is false.  We sent them our first episode for TV, which was already edited to EXACTLY the right length, and they rejected it because, at the end, Bob the Tomato said, ‘Remember kids, God made you special and he loves you very much.'  They demanded we remove that line.  The show wasn't too long, it was too Christian.  The show was already cut down to the proper length, so timing had nothing to do with it."


Parents Television Council™ President L. Brent Bozell issued this comment in response.  "It's bad enough that NBC is trying to take God and the Bible out of one of the most popular and successful children's animated series ever.  NBC is only making matters worse with its atrocious, and apparently false, spin.  If NBC is truly governed by nothing but time constraints, then let the man responsible for creating this spectacularly successful series make the editing choices.  That will put an end to this discussion once and for all," he said.


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