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The CFDA Edited All Controversial Jokes Out of Award Video

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The Council of Fashion Designers of America posted a video of CFDA Awards host James Corden's monologue on its YouTube page, but Corden's slam on photographer Terry Richardson is notably absent. As are his jokes about Swarovski, Robin Thicke, and Abercrombie. Actually, all the jokes entirely have been edited out of the video. Even when the comedian called out Kanye West and Kim Kardashian by saying, "There you are. Look at you, you beautiful bastards." That got cut too.

Here are Corden's remarks from the awards that were recorded in The Cut's transcript of Corden's monologue but didn't make it into the CFDA's YouTube video:

"Me hosting a fashion awards [show] is ridiculous. Me being here has disaster written all over it. Asking me to host the CFDA's is like asking Terry Richardson to host your daughter's birthday party."

"In addition to these awards, we will also have the Swarovski Award for Womenswear, the Swarovski Award for Menswear, and yes, the Swarovski Award for Accessory Design. Tonight is basically Groundhog Day, with the addition of the word Swarovski. I'd like to contractually thank our sponsors, Swarovski, tonight. Just in case you didn't know, they very much want you to know that they're involved in the awards this evening.

"2015 saw the firing of Michael Jeffries of Abercrombie and Fitch. Abercrombie and Fitch's [CEO] Michael Jeffries once said, "Of course my brand excludes people. It's for cool people." Now, as I stand in a room in front of the coolest people on the planet, I can see not one person wearing Abercrombie & Fitch. Which I guess makes him supercool, and we're all nerds. Mike Jeffries is here tonight; he's winning the Swarovski Prick of the Year Award."

"Pharrell has basically spent the last year looking like Abraham Lincoln joined Run-DMC and still looked amazing. You're just cool. You're the absolute coolest. You make everyone around you cool. You even did what we thought was impossible -- you made Robin Thicke cool for a summer. And I don't think any of us realize how you did that. I mean, Marvin Gaye helped, but still, that is impressive. Robin Thicke is here tonight -- I'm joking."