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This is when someone says "We'll edit that part out later" but then...doesn't. Instead, the whole preceding sequence is included anyway, often for comedic effect. This can be done to make someone look silly or dumb, for irony, or just for laughs. A common variant is when a person is on camera but isn't aware that they're being filmed live, so when they mess something up they'll stop awkwardly and ask for a redo. Or they'll say "you'll cut that out, right?" (The gag can be played up by the cameraman/editor assuring them that, yes, of course it'll be cut out...). Though mostly for comedic value, in rare cases it might be used in a serious manner specifically to make someone look bad or dishonest.


When used in a fictional setting, it almost always requires an In-Universe Camera. Happens often in Mockumentaries and Show Within a Show situations, but isn't strictly limited to those. Can also be used as a gag in Real Life productions, such as plays, broadcasts, or comedy shows.

Compare Fix It in Post, which is Real Life Script Speak uttered during production of a work; you usually won't know about the sequence because it's actually been edited out.

Not to be confused with Permanent Placeholder, which is about things that are purposefully put in with the intent of replacing them later, but end up staying in anyway.

Contrast Throw It In, when a Real Life unscripted performance is included in a production, whereas Left It In is an In-Universe example of someone requesting or mentioning that the very scene they're in should be cut (and then it's not). See also Hilarious Outtakes, Bloopers, and Is This Thing Still On?



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    Anime & Manga 
  • Seina's mother says this in Tenchi Muyo! GXP as the family leaves him with a recruiter. To go to Hawaii.

  • On one of Rowan Atkinson's comedy albums, he suggests putting his 'Madonna' song in to fill up spare time on the album. Angus Deayton asks to hear it. After Atkinson has sung it, Deayton mutters "No way are we including that".
  • Eddie Izzard: This trope is practically a catchphrase of hers, saying "We'll cut that out" usually once per show.
  • The comedian Mitch Hedberg had a bit on one of his CDs, mentioning the recording of the CD. After a particular joke fell flat, he joked about adding the sound of audience laughter to compensate.
    "All right...that joke is going to be good because I'm going to take all the words out and add new words. That joke will be fixed."
  • On Paul F. Tompkin's comedy album Freak Wharf, on the track "Apologize For Your Dog", he goes off on a random tangent near the end of the track. After the laughter dies down, he remarks "I'll cut that part out later...{laughter}...I can. I can do what I want. I'll cut out this part too, where I talk about cutting it. I don't care."
  • During the "Horses" bit on All By Myself, Brian Regan keeps cracking up during the joke, interrupting himself repeatedly to lampshade the laziness of his horse impression. This delays the punchline to the story for so long that eventually he says "This joke's not going to make it on the CD, I can tell."
  • Bo Burnham inverted this in what.
    "I have a really great joke about video editors. Video editors are so fucking— *Smash Cut to the next part of the show*
  • On Monty Python's Matching Tie & Handkerchief album, the first track features an announcer who congratulates the purchaser of the album for buying the Executive Version. After praising the purchaser for his or her good taste and going on and on about how tasteful and high quality the album is, the announcement ends with the announcer farting, then saying "Oh sorry! You can edit that out, can't you?" and then we here a voice from the control room saying, "Yeah, no problem."

    Films — Live-Action 
  • In National Lampoon's European Vacation, before the family left for their trip to Europe from winning a game show, Clark videotapes Ellen while she's taking a shower, who then tells him to delete it after he's finished. When the family got their camera stolen by a thief while they were in France and they arrive in Rome, Ellen then discovers that Clark did not delete the video of her in the shower at all, when she sees a poster advertising a movie that starred her. Apparently, the thief discovered the video after he stole the camera and advertised it as a movie.
  • Dr. Strangelove: This is how Stanley Kubrick managed to convince George C. Scott to be so over-the-top in his role as General Turgidson. Scott wanted to play him as a noble yet tragic character despite the film being a comedy. So Kubrick would encourage him to do "warmup" takes in preparation for the real thing. The over-the-top takes thus were used in the actual movie, and hilarity was held by all, except Scott. Scott then swore to never work with Kubrick again, even though he admired the sneaky genius of it.
  • While working on Shark Attack 3: Megalodon, John Barrowman improvised a rather saucy line to try and get a laugh out of another actor, thinking that it wouldn't be in the final cut. Imagine his surprise.
  • In-universe example: Hud from Cloverfield promises to edit out some of the party-goers' comments that they wish they hadn't said on camera. Obviously he didn't because he died, as their remarks are still present in his Found Footage Films.
  • Played for Drama: Early in District 9, Wikus, while leading the documentary crew through a tour of a Prawn's home, gets sprayed on the face and arm with some kind of fluid, and he stuffily orders the crew to "Edit that out," because he's a pompous bully (to Prawns) who doesn't want to be exposed as the kind of idiot who gets sprayed with fluid when he didn't even wear a surgical mask. That footage is then preserved for In-Universe reasons: the Mockumentary begins recording what happens to Wikus two hours after exposure, eight hours after exposure, twenty-four hours after exposure...
  • How To Make A Murderer shows footage of lawyer Len Kachinsky start to answer a reporter's question, lose his train of thought, announce that they're starting over and then answer the question from the beginning. The whole sequence is shown unedited to help characterize Kachinsky as a rather incompetent lawyer.
  • In their documentary film, Rattle And Hum, U2 visits Elvis Presley's home, Graceland, and drummer Larry Mullen, Jr. wants to get a photo of himself sitting on Elvis's Harley Davidson motorcycle. The tour guide tries to tell them that it's against the rules, but gets charmed by Bono, who assures her that the cameras will be turned off. The next clip is of Mullen sitting on the motorcycle, evidently being filmed covertly from a distance.
  • We hear a solitary beep when Frank runs his finger down Rocky's chest during "I Can Make You A Man" in The Rocky Horror Picture Show. This was caused by somebody accidentally hitting a synthesizer and wasn't edited out.
  • Fletcher's "I will fuck you like a pig!" line in Whiplash was flubbed; it was supposed to be "I will gut you like a fucking pig!" J.K. Simmons asked to have it taken out, but Damien Chazelle ultimately decided to use it as it was out-of-nowhere funny.

  • A Dubya-parodying character in the Ciaphas Cain novel Duty Calls ends an atrociously bad speech with "Erm... How was that? Gubernatorial enough? Or shall we go again? [Beat] Err... What do you mean, it was live?"
  • Towards the later books of the Honor Harrington series, Manticore is maneuvered into conflict with the Solarian League, with the system of New Tuscany working as a cats-paw. New Tuscany is submitting staged information to the Solarian League indicating that Manticore has been harassing their shipping, and includes several scripted interviews to support their allegations. The interviews include several bits of dialogue before the official start where the interviewer "reassures" and "comforts" the subject. The propaganda spymasters in charge of it all will edit those parts out, but will "accidentally" include the raw footage to help support the claim that these were all natural and un-coereced statements.

    Live-Action TV 
  • This is a common bit on talk shows:
  • On Dirty Jobs Mike or his host will occasionally screw up on camera, then Mike will use this line.
    • No surprise, as it fits very much with the meta-theme of the show; oftentimes they'll include shots of the crew setting up the very shot you see next.
    • In several cases, a job would go bad due to a production accident or the host being difficult. Instead of cutting the whole thing they'll broadcast it anyway.
  • There is at least one instance on MythBusters where the trope is done. After completing testing on the "Peeing on the Third Rail" myth, Adam starts acting like a drunk about to perform the myth, then explicitly says, "That'll never make it on the show." Except it did make it.
  • In The Comic Strip Presents: More Bad News, Vim/Alan breaks the fourth wall and threatens to sue the producers if they leave in a particularly embarrassing item about him. Unfortunately for him he later gets beaten up and left in a coma, so the item stays in.
  • Often used on Have I Got News for You. Since it's reached the level of Running Gag, it's probably a pretty good way to guarantee a flub will be left in.
    • Double Subverted on one occasion: a panelist asked if a line that could be libellous could be edited out. When told, "No", he sincerely apologised. Paul Merton instantly said "Now that bit, we'll edit out."
  • In one segment of Chappelle's Show, A reporter is investigating a Jedi abuse scandal analogous to the Catholic priest pedophilia scandals. While interviewing a "Jarth Mader", an anonymous victim who wears a helmet and has a respiration problem, Mader puts his head in his hands in tears. The reporter says "Cut" to the cameraman, but mouths the words "keep rolling" since Mader's not looking.
  • On The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Mary is interviewing a male author with the intention of cutting in a tape of Murray asking the questions later. At the end, the author asks Mary out. The final result that is broadcast shows Murray being asked out by the author.
  • In the Stargate Atlantis episode "Letters from Pegasus", McKay gives a videotaped message to Ford, who's editing a bunch of these messages together to send back to Earth. McKay recorded the message while severely sleep-deprived, so it's full of rambling, back-tracking, and McKay telling Ford to edit out the last thing he just said.
  • A regular occurrence on Mock the Week. On one glorious occasion, a string of off-colour jokes was met with cheerful insouciance from John Oliver; "I think we all know, in our heart-of-hearts, that this is not making the edit." Naturally, it did. But for the most part, the panelists have a good idea of what won't make it into the broadcast, and the show is essentially a tug-of-war between them trying to make the worst jokes they can conceive, and the producers trying to cajole them (via Dara Ó Briain's earpiece) to do something that's actually fit for television. Since a lot of the cut material ends up in the Christmas Special, often a panelist will make an off-color joke and then lampshade it by exclaiming "Merry Christmas!"
  • On Star Trek: The Next Generation episode “The Naked Now”, after Data becomes “drunk” and has a conversation with Captain Picard on the bridge, Brent Spiner decided to ad lib attempting to put his his arm on the back of the chair Worf was sitting in and deliberately fall over, thinking it would edited out in post production.
  • While doing a song in the style of the Village People on Whose Line Is It Anyway?, Wayne (the lead singer) misspells the name of the audience member as "H-O-R-W-A-R-D". Thrown off guard by the flub, musician Laura Hall hits the "ACC" button on her electric keyboard without knowing - which causes the tempo of the song to accelerate dramatically. Ryan signals to keep going, so Wayne attempts to keep up with the insane tempo and keeps misspelling Howard over and over again until the song collapses in on itself. After the song, with the entire cast ribbing each other about the screw-ups, Drew says, "If this makes it to air, I'll be so amazed." Not only does it make it to air - it's in the 100th episode, and is considered one of the show's iconic and most hilarious performances.
  • Penn & Teller: Bullshit!: Done rather vindictively in at least one episode of the show in which an expert arguing against Penn and Teller's interview begins responding to a question, stumbles over his words, announces that he's going to retake his response, counts himself down, and then starts his answer over. All of this is left in to make him seem more foolish.

  • In "A Portrait of P.D.Q. Bach," the host, Professor Peter Schickele flubs his narration a couple times. The technician promises to fix it up later. Schickele tries to emphasize it: "Don't forget to do it!" To no avail.
    • On P.D.Q. Bach on the Air, Schickele plays a recording of the composer's "Traumarai" played on an old piano supposedly previously owned by the composer. Shickele emphasizes that this is a "field recording" with minor flaws, then plays a recording that is interrupted by such things as turning the page on the score, a little boy playing around with the plug-in of the tape recorder, a vacuum cleaner being run in the same room, and a drunk guy singing a random song in German. The recording ends with the little boy returning and fiddling with the plug-in, causing Schickele to shout, "Frau Braun, could you ask your little boy not to play with the wall plug? I'm afraid he might pull it out...", which slows down to a stop, indicating that the boy did pull the plug out.
      • The album also contains tons of other very funny errors, such as a tape of a piece breaking and being put back on the machine backwards, Schikele mumbling to himself while not realizing he has the microphone on, and Schickele eating his lunch (including biting into an apple) while announcing.
  • The Braindead Monkeys song "Don't Save This" (mp3), from their first album Moist & Meaty, is both about and a result of this phenomena, as Chaz honestly thought his improvised dialogue had crossed the line, and also because at one point in the track a dynamic microphone intended for faint fills is completely inserted into a trumpet.
  • Steve Taylor's song, "Am I in Sync?" includes voiceovers of (apparently) recording engineers trying and failing to get a rhythmic synth part to match the tempo of the rest of the song. One of them says, "We can fix it in the mix," (which evidently was not done), and the other, after a pause, says (while the music is fading out), "I kind of like it. Have you ever heard of 'polyrhythms'? I hear Bowie's gonna do this on his next album."

  • In the podcast Webcomics Weekly, the hosts often go off on various tangents while talking, or they'll have computer issues while recording (a common occurrence). Someone will say that they'll be fixing it afterwards, but they rarely (if ever) do. In fact, it's become a running gag.
  • The podcast The Skeptic's Guide To The Universe started off very PG, as the host Steven Novella would edit out profanity. The show has gradually gotten more adult thanks in part to this trope. Due to Steve's shift in editing, the blue humor of the Rogues Gallery has been slowly revealed over the years as Steve has left in more and more of the "too bad you're going to edit this out" moments. Steve himself even plays it up, mockingly saying "Oh yeah, I'll totally edit that out" after someone says something stupid/embarrassing.
  • Psycomedia: If you put together a lazy editor and a co-host who enjoys making life difficult for him, you get this trope.
  • Happens all the time on RPGMP3. They actually have edited something out... once...
  • Harmontown: Dan will often make empty promises to "edit all this out" if things get pretty ridiculous, and will sometimes even shout something to ensure that the section cannot be aired, like "Hitler had some good ideas!" but of course all of it ends up in the podcast.
  • Well There's Your Problem: Whenever Justin says he'll take something out of the podcast, he obviously hasn't. The hosts commonly leave the show running even when one of them go to the bathroom, with the other two filling the dead air with banter, jokes, or reading (and making fun of) fan letters and comments.

  • The News Quiz:
    • When Andy Hamilton realised to his horror that he'd been saddled with the Princess Diana conspiracy theory question, Alan Coren cheerfully told him "I wouldn't work too hard, there's no way they'll broadcast it."
    • In one episode without Andy, Sandi Toksvig starts making height jokes about him. When the others start joining in, she says "If I'm in charge of the edit, that's the only bit that'll go out."
    • Simon Hoggart's introduction to the Hilarious Out Takes section of The Very Best of 2004:
    Simon: So here's a selection of the best slip-ups and beep-ups. Sorry can I do that again? I think I said beep when I meant beepking.

  • In the Stephen Sondheim musical Merrily We Roll Along, the lead character is a songwriter. He's showing off a new song he's working on, and after the line "They're always popping their cork", he mutters, "I'll fix that line". He never gets a chance to, because they get a booking and the show with the song in it goes up too quickly.

    Video Games 
  • Strong Bad's Cool Game for Attractive People: In "Dangeresque 3: The Criminal Projective", the eponymous movie is full of glaring errors that have been left in or barely edited out. One prominent example has Strong Bad stop the showing of the movie to chew out The Cheat for forgetting to edit in a CGI monster over Strong Sad.
    Strong Bad: The Cheat, what happened? You told me this was gonna look like some kind of giant T. rex with tentacle arms and laser beam eyes.
    The Cheat: (The Cheat noises)
    Strong Bad: "Fix it in post"?! This is post!
  • Hitman: Blood Money had an infamously hilarious example of this, where if the player looks up a crate of lobster in one level, the Flavor Text simply reads "Allan please add details". This was definitely a developer mistake (the "Allan" in question was former IO Interactive artist Allan Hansen), and became so memetic among fans that future games tend to include the phrase as an Easter Egg.
  • BioShock Infinite has the letter Elizabeth receives from her future self, which is written in a cipher that she quickly figures out, though exactly what it says is left unclear to the audience. However, it turns out the code graph was available all the way back at Elizabeth's first appearance as a then-meaningless background element, but if one goes through the work of using it to decode the letter, they'll end up finding it reads "I AM A CODE: I SHOULD PROBABLY BE CHANGED OVER FOR SOMETHING MUCH MORE OFFICIAL IN THE FUTURE, BUT I'LL DO AS A STAND-IN FOR NOW I SUPPOSE." Whoops.
  • In Maneater, one of the locations the shark can visit is the dumping ground for a local crime family's victims. The Show Within a Show's Lemony Narrator hurriedly adds a disclaimer that this footage will be removed before the show is aired.
  • At one point during Shadow's story in Sonic the Hedgehog (2006), a voice actor messes up a line and re-reads it. The full clip was left in the final game, mistake and all.
  • In the original USA release of Crash Team Racing, the secret unlockable character Penta Penguin's voice lines are mostly made up of realistic penguin sounds - aside from the placeholder lines recorded by programmer Gavin James that were accidentally left in, which has the little penguin say "Penguin yay one," in a flat, bored sounding tone. This was thankfully fixed in the PAL and Japanese releases.

    Web Original 
  • Articles on The Agony Booth will sometimes have the writer make a rather perverted comment, followed by a note to themselves to edit it out before posting. "Don't forget now!"

    Web Videos 
  • Phelous seems fond of this.
    Phelous: Hey, why did I record that? Oh well, there's absolutely no chance that I'll edit it into the final video.
  • In his Let's Play videos, slowbeef often speaks of editing out his failures and certain comments by his guest commentators. It rarely happens, unless there are enough failures that it makes the unedited video tedious to watch.
  • Tobuscus frequently yells at his just off-camera assistant, "Steven", to edit out embarrassing parts of his Lazy Vlogs. The Running Gag is that there is no editing of the vlogs, just as there is (probably) no Steven.
  • Several times on Spoiler Warning, one of the cast as expressed relief that Josh has gotten himself killed again, so that their previous awful jokes or awkward tangents can be edited out without skipping important gameplay scenes. Shamus keeps them in.
  • In the Feed Dump episode "The Resistor"...
    Graham: They recovered a stolen shipment of Gavinci perfume worth $1.2 million. Unused, too. The thieves are still at large, and probably smell great.
    Matt: I shouldn't even say it, because we all know it's not going in...
    Kathleen: [shot from the webcam of the editing computer] Oh really, Matthew?
    Matt: Smell great, Graham? Really? This is the French we're talking about, and as far as we know, the shipment was unused.
  • Achievement Hunter has various Let's Play and related videos where particularly embarassing moments for the staff will end with them making a note to cut it out. One episode had Michael worrying that more than half of their dialogue would be nothing but them discussing how to edit the video.
  • In Part 2 of the Penny Arcade: The Series pilot, Scott Kurtz cracks a joke about the bad timing of Tycho having a kid during PAX right before realizing that he's on camera.
  • Happens frequently in The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, especially in early episodes where Lizzie asks Charlotte to edit out parts of her video and Charlotte keeps them in, often with an amusing caption.
  • Used in the Becoming YouTube entry, "YouTube Vs. The World."
  • In Star's Team Fortress 2 video "Jerma is Mad, pt. 3", Jerma has an angry outburst after STAR_ kills him the second that he respawns.
    Jerma: Can't even play the fucking goddamn game. (in a mocking voice) Hey, I'm so good, I play Sniper, I headshot everyone! Gaaa, yeah, Jerma Is Mad part 3! Wow, let's put cigarettes out on my dick! (One cut later) STAR_, if you're editing this together, don't use the "put cigarettes out on my dick" line, okay?
  • The Game Grumps often ask their editor to remove something dumb or embarrassing they just said. Instead, the editor usually accentuates the moment to make it more humiliating. In one case Danny Lampshades it, explaining that every time he asks Barry to edit out a bad joke, Arin countermands him and demands that Barry make it worse.
  • Co-Optitude: Ryon's misreading of the blurb for The Typing of the Dead causes Felicia to collapse with laughter.
    Ryon: Never mind, anyway, they're not going to use that cut.
    Felicia: [laughing nearly too hard to speak] Yes, they are!
  • In a review for Captain America, Todd in the Shadows is so busy talking about the director of the movie that he fails to notice Elise, Obscurus Lupa, and The Nostalgia Chick stacking several plastic skulls on his crotch. He eventually does notice, and...
    Todd in the Shadows: The entire movie, I was comparing the movie to The Rocketeer, 'cause that's what it felt like to me, and it turns out I watched the credits and it's like, oh look, it's by the guy who directed The Rocketeer — why are there skulls on my balls? I just noticed that. Please do not include this in the final cut.
  • All of The King of Hate's video game playthroughs are completely live and unedited. Sometimes this works to his benefit, and sometimes this leads to stuff like the time he spent several hours trying to catch a single hook in Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus.

    Western Animation 
  • On Family Guy, when Brian joins The Bachelorette, he makes some potentially slanderous comments about Chevy Chase to the Confession Cam and then asks if they can cut that part out...and then goes on to say even more things about Chevy.
  • Averted on the "Bastard Chef" episode of Archer, when Cyril "Chet Manly" Figgis, resident Chew Toy, slips and falls on a yogurt spill:
    Cyril: "You guys can edit that out, right?"
    Camera Woman: "Yes, but we won't."
  • On the South Park episode, "Volcano", while the mayor's speech is being recorded live...
    Mayor: "God, please deliver these kids from... oh, waitwaitwait... okay... 3, 2, and 1... God, PLEASE, deliver these kids from..."
  • The Simpsons episode "Radio Bart", where Bart pretends to (and the later, for real) fall down a well. Kent Brockman attempts to interview Homer on the air...
    Homer: Uh, you can edit out that part, right?
    Kent: Homer, we're live from coast to coast.
  • Used in Barbie: A Fairy Secret. Raquelle tries to discuss the best part about the film she and Barbie costarred in, only for Barbie to show up. Unfortunately, they're at a live coverage of the premiere...
  • In an Imagine Spot of Doug when he and Skeeter were having an opening night for their monster movie, Skeeter was unable to edit out Doug's mother who kept interfering because she was in every shot.
  • Jackie Chan Adventures: During the episode Snake Hunt, Jackie and Jade cross paths with Wesley Rank, an obnoxious pseudo-archaeologist and host of the reality show "Just the Artifacts". "Edit that out" is practically his catchphrase whenever anything gets filmed showing him as less than perfect (or anyone else getting in the scene); however, when the episode he's taping is aired later, several shots he ordered cut were included, including Jade calling him a liar and his running away screaming. It's then revealed as a case of The Dog Bites Back - Rank's behavior (including his selling the Snake Talisman to a pawn shop) led to his being fired, and his poorly-treated cameraman Dino Stefanson is the show's new host, who deliberately left the footage in to show the audience what kind of man Rank really was.