In a move that should surprise absolutely no one, NBC has decided not to air footage of Madonna on the cross while she sings "Live To Tell." The cross, a glittering, mirrored disco crucifix, drew ire from offended folks who didn't want to see Madonna on the cross.
Though there wasn't a decision on the footage until recently, it is assumed that the threat of religious leaders boycotting the show and the ensuing boycott of products advertised on the show is the culprit here. If you want to make a television network bend to your will, cripple their advertising revenue.
Yahoo! News: NBC: Special won't show Madonna on cross