The CMA Awards opening was almost completely different. Brad Paisley recently revealed to Billboard that, a large opening number that included none other than Republican Presidential Candidate Donal Trump was cut at the very last possible minute, the day before to be precise.
The plan was to remake The Judd’s “Love Can Build a Bridge” into “Trump Can Build a Bridge” (actually wall would’ve been more appropriate). Donald would be a Wizard of Oz of sorts.
“Like, I am Trump, the great and powerful,” Paisley said, laughing. During the show, the plan was that Underwood would take the cord to the projector showing the clip and unplug it. “I guess there were standards and practices and equal time laws,” Paisley said of the reason the clip got cut. “24 hours before, the lawyers said we couldn’t do it.”
The end result, a funny bit featuring William Shatner that was written the day before. I guess it turned out OK.
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