Comedy Central axed The Office US episode Diversity Day from its schedule earlier this week much to the disappointment of fans.
According to reports, viewers tuned in to watch a recent marathon of the American sitcom on the network and were left devastated after noticing the chapter was missing from the rotation.
Diversity Day is the second instalment of the first season of The Office US and follows Michael (played by Steve Carell) as he forces the staff at Dunder Mifflin to undergo a racial diversity seminar.
A consultant (Larry Wilmore) arrives to teach the staff about tolerance and diversity, but Michael insists on imparting his own knowledge—aggravating both the consultant and the entire office staff—and creates his own diversity seminar.
He eventually assigns each staff member an index card with a different race on it, causing tempers to slowly simmer until they finally snap.
The episode originally aired in 2005.
Although Comedy Central has yet to publicly address its decision the shelve the episode, fans wasted no time in weighing in on its deletion.
‘Comedy Central removing the Diversity Day episode from the rotation is so corporate and stupid lol,’ one wrote. ‘It’s literally poking fun at bad office environments and how culturally ignorant Michael Scott is. He is the joke.’
‘Cancel culture forced Comedy Central to remove Diversity Day from their rotation of The Office,’ added another.
The American Office, which was based on Ricky Gervais’ BBC series of the same name, is one of the most popular shows in TV history, immortalising Carell’s Michael Scott as the best worst boss in the business.
Last month, Susan Rovner, content chief at NBCUniversal, discussed the future of the show and whether there is a chance that a new iteration of the mockumentary could be a possibility.
Speaking to Deadline she said that ‘whenever Greg Daniels wants to do one, we’re standing by’, as Greg Daniels developed the US version of the show.
In January this year, Greg discussed the prospect of an Office reboot, telling Collider that while a revival wasn’t in development at the time, ‘it’s not impossible’.
‘It’s not impossible for sure. I would want to be involved, and I’ve got two other shows I’m working on right now,’ he said.
The Office US airs on Comedy Central in the US and is available to stream on Amazon Prime Video.
Credit: Original article published here.