MTV has decided not to air the controversial footage of Jersey Shore’s Snooki getting punched by a man at a bar in next week’s episode. In a statement an MTV spokesperson said, “What happened to “Snooki” was a crime and obviously extremely disturbing. After hearing from our viewers, further consulting with experts on the issue of violence, and seeing how the video footage has been taken out of context to not show the severity of this act or the resulting consequences, MTV has decided not to air Snooki being physically punched in next week’s episode. The show will still make it clear what events transpired, including the full aftermath.”

An MTV spokesperson also tells EW, “The episode will otherwise remain untouched and viewers will see how the entire Jersey Shore cast starts building a closer bond with each other and especially with Snooki who up until that point, felt that she was somewhat of an outsider. Everyone rallies behind her and comes to her defense so it’s a pivotal point in the narrative arc of the show.”