SIR Elton John's US broadcast of his Las Vegas state extravaganza THE RED PIANO proved to be too hot for TV network NBC when bosses edited out Pamela Anderson's pole dance.

The Caesars Palace show aired on Monday night (12DEC05) without the segment in which John sang THE BITCH IS BACK while an oversized screen behind him displayed a scantily clad Anderson.

The actress moved suggestively in the number, which was included in preview copies sent out to critics. After an assessment by its standards and practices department the network decided the material didn't mesh with the 8pm time slot.