really amazing watching Dave with Mary Hicks on 1.29.09....wow..~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Censorship and aftermathOn October 1, 1993, about five months before his death, Hicks was scheduled to appear on The Late Show with David Letterman, his twelfth appearance on a Letterman late night show (his prior 11 appearances having been on Late Night with David Letterman), but his entire performance was removed from the broadcast - the only occasion, up to that point, in which a comedian's entire routine had been cut after taping. Both the show's producers and CBS denied responsibility. Hicks expressed his feelings of betrayal in a hand-written, 39-page letter to John Lahr of The New Yorker. Although Letterman later expressed regret at the way Hicks had been handled, he did not appear on the show again. The full account of this incident was featured in a New Yorker profile by Lahr. This profile was later published as a chapter in John Lahr's book, Light Fantastic.Mary Hicks appeared on the January 30, 2009, episode of The Late Show. Letterman played Hicks' routine in its entirety.  Letterman took full responsibility for the original censorship and apologized to Bill's mother, Mary Hicks, who accepted his invitation to be a guest on the show. Letterman also declared he didn't know what he had been thinking when he pulled the routine from the original show in 1993. Letterman said, "It says more about me as a guy than it says about Bill because there was absolutely nothing wrong with it."DeathHicks performed the final show of his career at Caroline's in New York on January 6, 1994. He moved back to his parents' house in Little Rock, Arkansas shortly thereafter. He called his friends to say goodbye, before he stopped speaking on February 14, and died of cancer in the presence of his parents at 11:20 p.m. on February 26, 1994. Hicks was buried in the family plot in Leakesville, Mississippi.
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