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Hulu, NBC Pull SNL Skit (UPDATED)

But Political Skits Bringing in Huge Numbers

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The presidential campaign has been good for "Saturday Night Live" -- and for Hulu.com. In a few short weeks, the first clip of Tina Fey impersonating Gov. Sarah Palin has become the site's most-viewed of all time. But it appears NBC.com and Hulu.com may have run into some trouble with the latest SNL political send-up.

A clip poking fun at the bailout, and specifically, at former Golden West Financial Group co-chiefs Herb and Marion Sandler, has been taken down from NBC.com and Hulu.com sometime on Monday, leaving many speculating as to why. A good guess: The clip, a fake C-SPAN news report, identifies the Sandlers, who sold their Golden West Financial S&L to Wachovia in 2006 as "People who should be shot" in a graphic. The video is still available on YouTube, at least for now.

We asked NBC and Hulu for comment on the video, and will update when they get back to us. In the meantime, Hulu is breaking new ground tonight when it streams the second head-to-head debate between Sens. Barack Obama and John McCain live as it happens. It's the first time Hulu has tried a live stream of an event. As NewTeeVee points out, Hulu joins a long list of sites streaming the debate live, including MySpace, Current, CNN, Fox, MSNBC, CBS, ABC and C-SPAN.

UPDATE: According to Nikki Finke, "The network claimed: 'Upon review, we caught certain elements in the sketch that didn't meet our standards. We took it down and made some minor changes and it will be back online soon.' Specifically, NBC said it has edited out the chyron on-screen text, 'People who should be shot' that appeared beneath the Sandler' lookalikes, as well as the 'allegations of corruption' made against the couple."
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