Unseemly bathroom-set Shandling bit shown the 'Door'
Maybe they’ll save it for the DVD: Emmy Award viewers were denied a chance Sunday night to see a pre-taped skit starring Disney’s Bob Iger, Viacom’s Leslie Moonves and Fox’s Gail Berman — and set inside a men’s restroom.
Sketch played off Emmy host Garry Shandling’s ongoing riff that he planned to capitalize on the reality craze by pitching his own show: “What’s Outside Garry’s Front Door?”
It featured Shandling doing his business at a urinal, flanked on both sides by Iger and Moonves. As all three men go about their restroom duties, Iger and Moonves begin pitching Shandling — and shouting at each other — for rights to the ridiculous concept.
The kicker? Berman barges into the men’s room, and warns Shandling and the execs that she had already picked up the copycat “What’s Outside Bernie Mac’s Front Door” — and that it was launching next week.
The players shot the self-deprecating sketch at Disney two weeks ago (it was originally slated to be filmed at the Shrine Auditorium — until Michael Eisner’s announcement that he was stepping down prevented Iger from getting out of Burbank).
But producers and some of the players ultimately felt the mix of executives and urinals appeared unseemly — and decided to leave the piece on the cutting-room floor. (Word is the sketch also, quite simply, wasn’t funny.)
Sketch was replaced with another one featuring Moonves and HBO’s Chris Albrecht fighting over the Shandling show in the Emmy green room. Shandling also got the bathroom humor out of his system by doing a live joke in the urinal stalls with Ray Romano and Chris Rock.
(Brian Lowry contributed to this report.)