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        The Five Second Delay | Richard Pryor: Icon

        Find out how Richard Pryor's notoriety inspired the creation of the five-second delay for live television. Pryor starred in several films, and eventually took his talent back to the small screen by lending his writing skills to live comedy show Saturday Night Live. It was Pryor's racy homour that made NBC executives nervous, and they created a five-second delay for the show. Today, thanks to Pryor, almost all live events on broadcast television use a similar delay protocol.


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