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NBC Affiliate Refuses to Air 'The Playboy Club'

by Chris Harnick, posted Jun 13th 2011 1:35PM
Playboy ClubAn NBC affiliate in Salt Lake City is refusing to air the network's new fall series 'The Playboy Club' on the grounds that it conflicts with the moral standards of the station.

According to a statement on the KSL website, the decision was based on a "long-term policy to screen programming for material which significant portions of our audience may find objectionable."

"The Playboy brand is known internationally," Mark Willes, KSL President and CEO, said in a statement. "Everyone is clear what it stands for. We want to be sure everyone is clear what the KSL brand stands for, which is completely inconsistent with the Playboy brand."

'The Playboy Club' is set in 1960s Chicago and tells the tales of the Playboy Bunnies and clientele that frequent the original Playboy Club. Amber Heard, Laura Benanti and Eddie Cibrian star.

KSL, which is a sponsor of anti-pornography group Out in the Light, said it's working with the network to find a way to show the program on another channel in the Salt Lake City market.

"Our intent is not to tell people what they can and cannot watch, but rather to share programming with our audience in accordance with our mission," Michelle Torsak, KSL Programming Director, said.

Video Courtesy of KSL.com

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Linda Bailey

Do the Kardashians conflict with their moral standards? How about Toddlers and Tiaras? I was a bunny in Cincinnati in the late 60's. It was hard work. There were very strict rules and if you got caught breaking them, you were out the door. Once I was "hit" on by a customer and he was escorted right out the door. I'm not saying that this program is an inaccurate description of what went on in certain clubs, but it is Hollywood.

September 05 2011 at 9:54 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

Bunnies were beautiful elegant young women from all walks of life, of diverse backgrounds and ethnicity's. They went through extensive training to make the guests feel welcome and give the best service possible in the Club.

The rules were very strict. This show might take a bit of creative license for purposes of Illustration to move the story along by allowing the Bunnies to mingle with the guests..this did not and could not happen at the Clubs .

The show is using the Club and the Bunnies as a backdrop to tell a story - It is not a reality show.
Some of those folks (Mormons) are confusing a Playboy Bunny with a Playmate -The Bunny was an elegant Cocktail waitress in a Bunny Costume, the Playmate, posed nude in the magazine. There is NO PORN involved in being a Playboy Bunny... a Playmate is NOT a Bunny!
Having multiple wives and sex with minors is far worse than serving cocktails in a costume.
And then ..there is always the remote control - NEXT channel please!!!

July 27 2011 at 8:56 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to joeiejames's comment

Um...Mormons don't have multiple wives and have sex with minors. You are thinking of fundamentalists. BTW...My wife is a former playmate and she does consider herself very much a bunny. Just so you know.

October 04 2011 at 4:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

these mormons are a bunch of sheep following other people blindly, without thinking for themselves, It's time to stop the puritanical lunacy and get with it!

June 14 2011 at 9:48 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

This is almost funny..........by today's standards, these young ladies are OVER-DRESSED!

June 14 2011 at 6:47 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I couldn't agree more about their decision not to air this provacative and very inappropriate idea of TV programming! Playboy has their own channel already and you have make that decision to pay for the right to corrupt your minds further. That's the way it should be and to think that more than likely this ridiculous idea of TV programming knocked off a decent TV program that you had to use your mind for further infuriates, they must have a bunch of teenagers making the decisions at these networks now. Lost alot of good shows this year to the like of 1000 ways to leave a game show, fear factor, impossible expedition, charlies angels, pan am and some show about a war time triage unit! Aren't we anti war right now and busy trying to get our son's, daughters, husband's, wifes, mother's and father's home right now? It's no wonder why America's children are rated below average in intelligence when compared to the rest of the worlds children, just look at the garbage we put before them, reality TV rots the brain.

June 14 2011 at 6:28 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Nobody cares what one station in Salt Lake thinks........they can do whatever they want.

The question is.......when does the show start?........will there be hooter scenes?......will there be any girl-girl action?......will we be able to buy porn that some of these girls have been in the past?......have any of them made sex tapes that are out there on the internet?

June 14 2011 at 6:13 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

Yell me something, have these people watched the soaps that are during the day?? Adultry, drug and alcohol abuse, murder,etc. NBC has the nerve to decline a playboy bunny show, you see more skin at the beach then you do on them, this is a joke. Since when did NBC or the other stations get standards, they need to screen the other shows then, let's go back to "Leave it to Beaver" and "Mayberry rfd"from the early sixties. lmao

June 14 2011 at 6:08 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

Are you kidding me,why does a TV station get to tell people what they can and cannot watch? Did they refuse to air 2 1/2 men, I'm still not sure how some of the stuff they say and put on gets on the air. The Playboy Club will be tame compared to that show I bet. Just tell the people of Utal to watch the show with their "Magic Underwear" on. So much for Freedom of Speech.

June 14 2011 at 5:59 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Law Rec Sy

It's Utah. What would you expect? Killing and guns are fine. Pretty girls are bad.

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