Mick Jagger’s Song on SNL Causes Local Stations to Cut Away

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Sun, May 20 - 8:15 pm EDT | 2 years ago by
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When 68-year-old Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger performed the song “Tea Party” with guitarist Jeff Beck on the Saturday Night Live season finale last night, apparently some NBC affiliates didn’t like it. Jagger told the audience that he wrote the number himself — which is about the current presidential candidates. He then broke out some profanity in the next line, causing several stations to cut away early to commercial.

Since SNL airs during the FCC’s “safe harbor” hours (after 10 pm), then they aren’t obligated to censor such stuff. But apparently the local stations can do what they please by cutting away.

Fans seemed to love Jagger’s hosting job though. The show featured a sendoff to SNL’s Kristen Wiig, who is leaving SNL to pursue a movie career. Jagger also performed with Beck, Arcade Fire and Foo Fighters.

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