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Why has NBC scrubbed SNL's hit anti-Hugo Chavez skit?

Why has NBC scrubbed SNL's hit anti-Hugo Chavez skit?

If you’ve been trying to watch Justin Timberlake’s mock musical eulogy of Hugo Chavez from Saturday’s “Saturday Night Live,” good luck. That’s because the skit that was the show’s opening number has been scrubbed from all online episodes of the show, including NBC.com’s SNL page and even popular TV-watching sites like Hulu.

The skit, which was the “cold open” and featured the popular line “Live from New York, it’s Saturday Night!”, was praised as a funny but accurate depiction of the now-deceased Venezuelan dictator. It featured host Justin Timberlake singing a spoof of Elton John’s “Candle in the Wind.”

But instead of viewers and fans being able to enjoy the performance, this is what you see when you try to watch it on Hulu (an ad and then a cut right to the opening credits — no opening skit):

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