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Hyped 'Orgy' Scene in 'Top Model' Gets Cut

Now the Janet Jackson hammer has dropped on "America's Next Top Model." (search

UPN ordered Tyra Banks (search), the show's executive producer and host, to cut out portions of next week's episode - which has been highly promoted as "the orgy" episode.

The group grope happened late one night in Milan, Italy (search) where four of the show's up-and-coming models were working on the show.

The contestants invited four young men they met there up for a party and nature apparently took its course from there.

"Next week's episode contains material that UPN felt was inappropriate for broadcast," said a source close to the show. "They asked the producers to edit it down - it exceeded what would've been appropriate for broadcast."

The order to make the cuts came "very recently," the source said. "It was just part of the natural editing process."

Promos for the racy episode were shown at the end of last week's "Top Model" - including a scene with one contestant sobbing over the phone to her boyfriend back in the U.S. that she had cheated on him the night before.

UPN was never expected to permit the showing of any graphic scenes from the eight-way tryst, but enough of it was supposed to be included to give viewers a good idea of what happened that night.

UPN officials and Banks declined to comment.

The networks have been cracking down on anything that threatens the established boundaries of decency since the outcry over Janet Jackson's boob bowl halftime show stunt last month.

UPN is a sister network of MTV (search) which produced the halftime show and CBS, which broadcast it.

Losing the juiciest parts of the episode is bound to be a disappointment to Tyra, who claims she did nothing to promote the incident - but only found out that it had been captured on camera when she began to edit the show.

"My girls on the show were doing the nasty," Tyra told late-night talk show host Conan O'Brien (search) last January.

"There's eight people making out at the same time kinda in the same vicinity."

"I don't want to say orgy - but I just said it," Banks said.