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ALF's Shocking N-Bomb -- Producer Says 'No Big Deal'

12/28/2010 7:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

In the midst of a racist N-bomb scandal -- former 80s sitcom star "ALF" is finding support from one of the show's main producers ... who claims the cat-eater's comments were not meant to be offensive.

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In case you missed it, a shocking outtake reel from the show -- roughly 20 years old -- recently surfaced online, featuring the puppet (voiced by creator Paul Fusco) making sexually charged comments ... and dropping the N-bomb three times (roughly 4:40 into the clip).

TMZ spoke with Steve Lamar -- associate producer on ALF for three years -- who tells us, "You're talking about 20 years ago when the world was not so ridiculously PC. Anyone that's offended needs to lighten up already."

We also spoke to "ALF" co-star John LaMotta -- who played the nosy neighbor -- and while he didn't have an explanation for the N-bomb incident ... he did tell us, "I thought the show "ALF" was a piece of sh*t ... worst work I ever did."


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rar    

Look, it's obvious they guy's trying to pretend he has Tourette's ... not like he's directing the word to a particular person. Yes, TMZ, you need to lighten the up.

1208 days ago
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moveover    

Oh, please! It was nothing! Just nervous babbling. Give it a break. Sheeeesh!

1208 days ago
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coco    

This is big news. Almost as big as Danny Bonaduce's wedding.

1208 days ago
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Stan    

"not so ridiculously PC. Anyone that's offended needs to lighten up already..."

All of you need to unlighten up. Tourettes? Really?

The guy's an idiot, the actor and Steve Lamar for justifying it.

1208 days ago
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James    

Hey I loved ALF as A kid I thought the show was awesome I saw nothing offensive what so ever about the program And I certainly dont feel it had any racist overtones. Anyone thinking it did needs to get a life.
Really We have cops beating the hell out of people in illegal raids a government running amok Doing more illegal things than anyon individual ever thought of and all you can find to talk about is a puppet in a tv show. Wake The F@%K up for gods sake this country is going to hell in a hand basket faster than someone noticed ALF swore oh boy the shows 20 years old by the time you notice our nations in the crapper we will all be in FEMA camps slaving for the corporations. For god sakes people

1208 days ago
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Travisty    

I believe ALF was mimicking a character on "LA Law", which was on at the same time period of the '80's. That character had Tourette's, and "whooped" JUST LIKE this, and made racial comments, and uttered obscenities. (Doesn't excuse the epithets, mind you, but it places a little context)

1208 days ago
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da troof    

long as you dont make the mistake of saying it to the wrong person you are cool. i'd personally slap fire of any yt, male or female, or whomever is controlling the puppet using it

1208 days ago
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Gloria Unread    

believe ALF was mimicking a character on "LA Law", which was on at the same time period of the '80's. That character had Tourette's, and "whooped" JUST LIKE this, and made racial comments, and uttered obscenities. (Doesn't excuse the epithets, mind you, but it places a little context)

Posted at 3:04 AM on Dec 28, 2010 by Travisty
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It was on "St. Elsewhere" and like you, I was gonna post the same thing to give it context. That episode had probably just aired and was often mocked at the time.

1208 days ago
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amber73    

When i first saw this story I thought it was a joke! I can't believe people are making a big deal out of outtakes from a guy working a puppet and trying to be funny. I know the n word is very hurtful to many people but we need to lighten up he was making a joke from the 80's and it was taken WAY TO FAR by the media! Why arent we freakin out because he did "pretend" Coke on the table or told the actress to "straddle him" RELAX PEOPLE!!

1208 days ago
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MIDNIGHT TOKER    

whats the big deal mad magazine used the n word back in the umm 60's and 70's..whats the problem..its just a word..no big deal

1208 days ago
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karlew    

The word is far from dead even today. Have any of you ever listened to the comments made by young men while playing Call Of Duty online? That word is bandied about like it's 1950's Alabama. To hear that folk are upset over a 30 year old ALF outake tape is ludicrous.

1208 days ago
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TheMachine1    

Alf is from the hood on Melmac. He has street credentials and is authorized to used the N word.

1208 days ago
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lou    

Let's see, our country has no jobs, people are losing their homes and yet TMZ is worried about what a PUPPET said...20 years ago??? Really???

1208 days ago
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casting couch    

Steve Lamar is correct. People are dumb to get upset over this 20-something-year-old videotape.

1208 days ago
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R    

Aliens from another planet don't play by our rules no matter what decade.

1208 days ago
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