Four episodes from the famed NBC sitcom 30 Rock will be removed from syndication and streaming services due to featuring characters in blackface.
The decision was done at the request of NBCUniversal as well as series creator Tina Fey and executive producer Robert Carlock.
The four episodes include Season 3’s “Believe in the Stars”, Season 5’s “Christmas Attack Zone,” Season 5’s “Live Show” (the East Coast version) and Season 6’s “Live From Studio H.” All four episodes feature Jane Krakowski and Jon Hamm donning Blackface.
“As we strive to do the work and do better in regards to race in America, we believe that these episodes featuring actors in race-changing makeup are best taken out of circulation,” Fey said in a statement. “I understand now that ‘intent’ is not a free pass for white people to use these images. I apologize for pain they have caused. Going forward, no comedy-loving kid needs to stumble on these tropes and be stung by their ugliness. I thank NBCUniversal for honoring this request.”
This news was first exclusively reported by Vulture.