Bosses of Desperate Housewives were quickly forced to edit a scene in the hit TV show's Sunday (03APR05) night episode, following news of POPE JOHN PAUL II's death.

In the episode, MARCIA CROSS' character BREE VAN DE KAMP's reference to Catholics was dubbed over by ABC chiefs, who believed the line would be inappropriate so soon after the Pontiff's demise on Saturday (02APR05).

While attending the funeral of Eva Longoria's character Gabrielle Solis' mother-in-law, Bree mentions to Lynette Scavo (Felicity Huffman), "You have to hand it to the Catholics, they do grieve better than anyone."

On Friday (01APR05), as the Vatican announced the Pope's death was imminent, network executives took clips of Bree's voice saying "Gabby and CARLOS", and inserted it into the space she originally said "Catholic".

Executive producer MICHAEL EDELSTEIN says, "We got a phone call from ABC Friday evening asking about the line. In light of world events, we felt we should be more sensitive. We were happy to go in and make a last-second fix."

Edelstein accepted some viewers had noticed Bree's voice did not match her lips, but it was unavoidable at such late notice.

He adds, "It was a little slapdash. These were extraordinary circumstances. This is about respect for an individual, in respect for a religion."

Sunday's episode drew 24.4 million viewers.

05/04/2005 14:26