A Fox TV affiliate in Oklahoma is facing criticism after cutting a reference to evolution in the debut episode"Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey."
Toward the end of the the episode, which aired Sunday night, host Neil deGrasse Tyson made brief mention of evolution. But viewers of the affiliate, KOKH, were treated instead to a news promo.
In a tweet, KOKH apologized for the interruption, saying it was unintended.
Sunday, during @COSMOSonTV, a local news promo was aired over a portion of COSMOS content. This was an operator error & we regret the error.
— KOKH FOX 25 (@OKCFOX) March 12, 2014
A YouTube user captured video of the abrupt transition and posted it online Monday. A transcript of Tyson's omitted words accompanied the clip:
We are newcomers to the Cosmos. Our own story only begins on the last night of the cosmic year… Three and a half million years ago, our ancestors — your and mine left these traces. (points to footprints) We stood up and parted ways from them. Once we were standing on two feet, our eyes were no longer fixated on the ground. Now, we were free to look up and wonder.