Fox has yanked Sunday’s original episodes of Family Guy and American Dad in the wake of Friday’s elementary school shooting in Newtown, Conn. that left 20 children dead, TVLine has confirmed.
Although the network has not released an official statement, it’s believed the episodes were pulled because they featured potentially sensitive content.
The holiday themed installments — Family Guy‘s “Jesus, Mary and Joseph! and American Dad‘s “Minstrel Krampus — will be replaced with encores “Grumpy Old Man” and “Wheels & The Legman and The Case of Grandpa’s Key,” respectively, per The Futon Critic, which first reported the news.
Additionally, Fox has jettisoned a 7/6c Cleveland Show encore, “Die Semi-Hard,” and replaced it with another repeat, “Menace II Secret Society.”
The news follows Syfy’s decision to pre-empt Friday’s penultimate Season 3 episode of Haven, which dealt with fictitious violence at a high school.