Chuck Lorre feels Redstone’s pain

CBS censors 'Big Bang' producer's vanity card

Pity the poor CBS exec who has to review Chuck Lorre‘s vanity cards.

The prolific comedy writer-producer is famous for his fine-print messages on his Chuck Lorre Prods. title card that change with every episode. But sometimes they’re a little too touchy for primetime, even in tiny type that can’t be read unless it’s recorded and paused.

The Nov. 3 installment of “The Big Bang Theory” was one of those. Lorre expressed his sympathy to the big boss of CBS and Viacom, Sumner Redstone, on news of his impending divorce and the debt pinch that Redstone’s National Amusements holding company has suffered amid the financial crisis.

Noting that he too has recently gone through a breakup, Lorre made the cheeky suggestion that the two of them spend some guy time together hitting the clubs. Ever the producer, he also riffs on the idea of them teaming for a dating reality show, “Prenup Chuck and the Endless Sumner.”

All in all, the note is hugely irreverent but not particularly disrespectful. The reason it was nixed for air was probably just that with CBS’ stock price stuck at around $8, this is no time for anything that might irritate the boss’ boss.

So last week, the Lorre Prods. vanity card ran with “censored” in larger-than-usual type. Lorre aficionados can find it posted on at chucklorre.net, which archives all his missives going back to “Dharma & Greg.”

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