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'This program simply feels inappropriate': Mormon-owned Utah station won't air NBC show about gay couple

BY BRIAN SKOLOFF, ASSOCIATED PRESS

SALT LAKE CITY -- A Mormon church-owned NBC affiliate in Utah won't air an upcoming sitcom about a gay couple that invites a surrogate mother into their home as they try to have a baby because the station deems the content inappropriate for its audience.

"The New Normal" is set to debut Sept. 11 on NBC.

"After viewing the pilot episode of 'The New Normal,' we have made the decision to keep it off our fall schedule," Jeff Simpson, CEO of KSL's parent company, Bonneville International, which is owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, told the Deseret News.

"For our brand, this program simply feels inappropriate on several dimensions, especially during family viewing time," Simpson told the newspaper, which also is owned by the Mormon church.

Simpson did not respond to a request for comment Monday from The Associated Press.

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Finally, someone in the media with some morals!

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