CARACAS, Venezuela – D'oh! A Venezuelan TV channel, under the watchful eye of President Hugo Chavez, has yanked "The Simpsons" off the air after a government agency ruled it may be inappropriate for children.
Taking its place: "Baywatch Hawaii."
Televen TV station spokeswoman Elba Guillen said Monday that the decision to hand over the daily 11 a.m. time slot came after the state National Telecommunications Commission said it had received complaints from viewers.
"It had to be taken off," Guillen said. "They consider it to be a series that isn't appropriate for that time because it isn't appropriate for children."
The governmental regulatory agency didn't specify which elements of the program were deemed offensive, but said showing the animated cartoon series at that hour could violate national regulations prohibiting "messages that go against the whole education of boys, girls and adolescents."
Guillen said it is up to Televen's management whether "The Simpsons" may be shown at another time of day.
"Baywatch," which features bikini-clad bombshells and muscle-bound hunks working as lifeguards on the Hawaiian coast, has been running in the 11 a.m. slot since Friday.
The station has not received any complaints about that show, General Manager German Perez Nahim told the Venezuelan newspaper Ultimas Noticias in its Friday editions. Perez was out of the office Monday and could not be reached for comment.
"We are hoping it will continue to have a good rating, because 'The Simpsons' worked very well — so much so that it had the highest levels of viewership for that morning timetable in the history of the channel," Perez said.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.