Update: CBC has issued a new statement on the controversial edit.
“As is often the case with feature films adapted for television, Home Alone 2 was edited for time," a CBC spokesperson told the Huffington Post. "The scene with Donald Trump was one of several that were cut from the movie as none of them were integral to the plot. These edits were done in 2014 when we first acquired the film and before Mr. Trump was elected President.”
Now how will Kevin find the lobby?! In the classic Christmas film "Home Alone 2: Lost in New York," main character Kevin McAllister, played by Macaulay Culkin, has once again been accidentally left behind by his family over the holidays. They jetted off to Florida, while he took the wrong flight to New York City. But he made the most of it, ordering hundreds of dollars in room service and befriending a bird lady.
In one of the film's most iconic scenes, Kevin walks into The Plaza Hotel and asks a wealthy stranger for directions to the lobby. That stranger happens to be billionaire Donald Trump, the eventual president of the United States.
The scene is even more iconic now that Trump is in the White House, and viewers look forward to the cameo every Christmas, but it never came if they were watching the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's broadcast of it this month. As more than one social media user noted, Trump's cameo was cut.
But, according to the CBC, politics had nothing to do with it.
"As is often the case with features adapted for television, Home Alone 2 was edited to allow for commercial time within the format,” the network explained.
The cameo edit may not be new, the Hill reports.
Of course, you can still see Trump's cameo in the film if you have it on VHS or DVD. And as he recently told a group of military officials, he was proud to have been a part of the movie.
"A lot of people mention it every year, especially around Christmas," Trump said during a conference call. "They say - especially young kids - they say, 'I just saw you on the movie.' They don't see me on television as they do in the movie. But it's been a good movie and I was a little younger, to put it mildly. And it was an honor to do it."
By the way, even if CBC edited out his 15 seconds of fame in "Home Alone," there are plenty of pop culture appearances where that came from. He's popped up everywhere over the years, from TV game shows, to rap songs.