This ‘Sex And The City’ Scene Was Cut Because It Was Too Much For HBO

One producer calls the scene "horrifying."

This 'Sex And The City' Scene Was Cut Because It Was Too Much For HBO
Screenshot via Sex And The City/HBO

If you haven’t heard by now, “Sex and the City” is celebrating its 20 year anniversary this year. That’s right. The pilot aired on HBO in 1998. And as tongue-in-cheek as the show was for its time, there was one scene in particular that was too harsh even for even HBO. This is the same network that airs “Game of Thrones” and “Tell Me You Love Me.”

Some of the show’s writers spilled some tea to Vanity Fair.

Show-runner Michael Patrick King told Vanity Fair there were only two times HBO censored the series. The first time was in Season One’s “The Monogamists,” a memorable early episode in which Charlotte plays “tug of war” with a man who’s desperately trying to get her to perform oral sex on him. Something she despises.

“It was really the end of the story line,” said Sex and the City creator Darren Star. “He basically was always pushing her head down to give him oral sex. And he had this golden retriever who was always around. In the final scene, she basically let him have it about being offended by his insistence on just wanting a blow job. She accused him of only liking her for that and kind of stormed out. And then she walked back in and saw that his golden retriever was going down on him.”

Writer Amy B. Harris added,

It’s sort of horrifying that we shot that. We shot him putting peanut butter on his penis, and Charlotte walks back in like, ‘Oh, I’m being unreasonable,’ and then she sees that. . . . I can’t believe we even thought about doing it.

The other scene that was censored? That happened in Season Three’s Attack of the Five-Foot-Ten Woman.” And it was a minor adjustment.

Remember the scene where Miranda’s housekeeper, Magda, finds her “goodie drawer” and decides to replace her vibrator and condoms with a statue of the Virgin Mary? In the episode, Miranda confronts Magda who then places some fanned out some condoms on her nightstand. Originally, the script called for the Virgin Mary to be looking over the condoms, but that was apparently too much for network censors. Says King, “People were like, ‘That’s too far!’ So we took Mary out.”

For tons more inside gossip from “Sex and the City” staffers, check out the full article.

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