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Fox pulls 'Family Guy' episode after Boston bombings

April 16, 2013|By Meg James
  • This image released by Fox shows characters from the Fox animated series "Family Guy." Fox is pulling from websites an episode of "Family Guy" that depicts mass deaths at the Boston Marathon and has no immediate plans to air it again. Fox spokeswoman Gaude Paez says the episode has been removed from Fox.com and Hulu.com.
This image released by Fox shows characters from the Fox animated series… (AP )

Fox Broadcasting on Tuesday yanked a recent episode of "Family Guy" from websites after edited clips of the animated series appeared to portray a bombing, mayhem and deaths at a Boston Marathon.

Fox pulled the episode, which was titled "Turban Cowboy," from fox.com and the Hulu online video site, which Fox's parent company News Corp. co-owns. 

Fox has no immediate plans to air the episode again, a network spokesperson said Tuesday. The episode originally ran on the broadcast network in March.

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In a Twitter message, Seth MacFarlane, the creator of "Family Guy," deplored the editing of clips in an effort to advance a conspiracy theory that MacFarlane had used his hit TV show to predict Monday's bombings near the finish line of the Boston Marathon.

In the episode, NBC's sports anchor Bob Costas questioned the show's beefy father Peter Griffin about his marathon performance. A flashback then depicted Peter running over athletes with his car.

The episode contained an unrelated scene in which Peter made friends with a terrorist who was planning to blow up a bridge. 

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This week, edited clips of the episode -- portraying a bombing at the marathon -- began circulating on the Internet. The "Family Guy" episode actually did not feature a bombing at the race.  But the out-of-sequence editing made it appear that there was a bombing and mass casualties at the race.

"The edited 'Family Guy' clip currently circulating is abhorrent," MacFarlane wrote on his Twitter account Tuesday. "The event was a crime and a tragedy, and my thoughts are with the victims."

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