When aired on television on TBS in 2001, the following alterations were made: usage of the word 'shit' was completely removed and replaced by 'stuff','it', etc., the usage of the word 'ass' was limited; The scene at the police station where Carter apologizes to Johnson for spreading rumors at Christmas about them sleeping together and Johnson is enraged, the part where Lee stops her and says that Carter was just kidding and also notices his hands are on Johnson's breasts was removed; when Johnson and Lee come to Soo Yung's aide in the van, Johnson's sentence of 'it'll blow if I take it off' was removed; many of the outtakes were removed and shortened, like Jackie Chan's "My daddy cotcha bullet by his bare hands, no bullshit." was shortened; at the beginning where Clive shows Carter some C4 in his trunk, Carter's response of 'the Iraqis can't even get this shit' was altered (by replacing 'Iraqis' with Americans and removing the word shit). Also at the beginning and endings of the commercial breaks, interviews with Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker and scenes from Rush Hour 2 were shown. Jackie and Chris discussed working on the movie and commenting on each other.
Also, the scene of Carter dressed as an airplane technician talking to the stewardess about a problem on the plane was cut out, it just featured a close up of Carter dressed as a technician boarding the plane and sitting right beside Lee.
The pool hall sequence was also edited, where Carter uses the line "What's up, my nigga." When he passes another bar patron, the line was altered where "What's up Negro" was substituted. The consequent scenes where Jackie Chan uses the "N" word were unedited.
The DVD includes several short deleted scenes, including Carter and Lee trying to talk the FBI out of going to the first ransom drop, and two scenes prior to the cops arrival at the display of chinese art. There are additional outtakes and goofing around shown in a 40 minute long 'Making of' featurette, as well as footage of Jackie choreographing the Foo Chow resturaunt fight sequence. Several of the ideas from the fight sequence don't find their way into the final cut, but they show up in the massage parlour fight scene in 'Rush Hour 2'
When aired on TV, right after Lee and Carter fell through the bridge and were nearly run over, Carters says "I think I broke my shin", the line was removed, because it sounded too much like: "I think my broke my shit!" When Sang tries to abduct Soo Yung, the part where she whacks him in the face with her necklace, cutting the corner of his eye, was cut so the scar below his right eye remains a mystery; When Clive aims a gun at Carter's head and says "I'm gonna blow his freakin' head all over the parking lot, asshole", the line was changed to: "I'm gonna splatter his brains all over the parking lot..."; The word 'ass' is replaced by 'butt' and 'rear' throughout the movie; When a character says 'God damn' or 'God dammit', the 'God' was removed; At the bar, Carter's greeting of 'What's up, my nigga?' was changed to 'What's up, Negro?", it's even changed to that when Lee accidentally says it to the bartender; When Carter takes a joint from a man in the bar and breathes it in, the scene of him having a small trip was deleted; the part where Lee stops Johnson and says "he's just joking" was altered to delete the scene of him noticing his hands are on Johnson's breasts; When Carter shoots the C4 in the back of Clive's car and it explodes, the explosion was shortened; The outtakes were also altered to eliminate profanity.
The TBS version digitally alters the closing credits so that they run the exact length as the bloopers, which are shown at normal speed as the credit scroll zooms past at warp speed. At one point the text actually overlaps the blooper footage.