Cruel Intentions Kiss

Cruel Intentions: Same-Sex Kiss Cut From E!'s 'Sanitized' Broadcast Version

E!’s broadcast of Cruel Intentions set tongues wagging Saturday night.

One of the most iconic moments from the racy 1999 drama  — the same-sex smooch between Sarah Michelle Gellar’s Kathryn Merteuil and Selma Blair’s Cecile Caldwell — was excised from the version that aired on the network (which is home to such progressive programming as I Am Cait). 

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An E! spokesperson declined to comment, but a network insider tells TVLine that the version of Cruel Intentions that aired Saturday night was a heavily sanitized “older” one that E! did not oversee the standards and practices of. The source adds that the network would likely seek out a more contemporary edit of the movie should it land on the E! schedule again.

Several years ago, Oxygen similarly landed in hot water for airing a version of the film sans smooch.

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17 Comments
  1. katy says:

    What the heck? At this point just about everyone has seen Cruel Intentions why bother hiding the lesbian kiss?

  2. Pedro says:

    A kiss is a kiss. Sad they cut it.

  3. MissEllys says:

    This wasn’t intentional, so why even make it a story. E! has plenty of scenes with both sides of the bread getting buttered on their show the Royals, so they didn’t cut it on purpose.

  4. hristina t says:

    What’s the point then of airing the movie then if you edit it so much. Other movies on other networks have gotten then same treatment. It makes no sense to change movies by removing a scene or two if you think it will offend your viewers then don’t show it.

    • Haz says:

      Isn’t E also airing 50 Shades of Grey? How in the hell can that type of movie even show on cable? It’s make about as much sense as when Logo shows Showgirls.

      • Jj says:

        Well 50 Shades of Grey is a bunch of talking and one tame spanking session… and also hetero. Let’s call a spade a spade, that’s the real reason the kiss got cut.
        Which, by the way, I totally disagree with.

    • Olivia says:

      Exactly. Especially a movie like this one. If their viewers are too young or prude for the kiss, they are also for pretty much everything else in the movie.

  5. Haz says:

    I don’t believe the kiss ever aired on the network version. I think even when MTV and VH1 air it it’s been cut. I’m more upset that it was pulled off of Netflix and then Hulu so it can have another run on cable. Honestly the movie has to be overly edited for network in the first place and then it does not have the same impact. Part of what set CI apart from the book and other interpretations was the fact it was teenagers doing these things. That’s also why I kind of felt the reboot would never have worked on NBC and still makes me wonder why they even got Gellar to come back in the first place.

  6. Dude says:

    I have seen that movie many times and that kiss is hardly the most racy thing that happens in the movie.

  7. dsrbroadway says:

    If you’re watching Cruel Intentions on a Saturday night on E! you deserve what you get.

  8. Amber says:

    E! Is supposed to show “50 Shades of Grey” tonight. How can they air even an edited version of that but not show a kiss that literally everyone at this point has seen?

  9. A. Johnson says:

    E! Is still a network?

  10. ragnar51 says:

    Zzzzzzz….let’s keep the 2% feeling relevant

  11. ragnar51 says:

    Zzzzzzz….let’s keep the 2% feeling that they are relevant

  12. DJ Doena says:

    You’re like Reverse-Germany. In Germany if a movie is aired before 10pm it also has to have cuts, but for us it’s violence. Nudity and same-sex kisses you can have during the lunch hour entertainment shows…

  13. Billy Bob Johnson says:

    I guess they received the Alabama version and didn’t bother to screen it first.