Jenny Slate, in her debut on “Saturday Night Live,” dropped an F-bomb. The show’s longtime executive producer, Lorne Michaels, feels terrible for her, but what worries him is the reaction of the Federal Communications Commission, Michaels told Tom Shales of theWashington Post.
According to the article, ” 1It has to be an actor’s worst nightmare,’ Michaels said. ‘Your first time on ‘Saturday Night Live’ and this happens. You could sense the mortification in the studio.’ Michaels noted that there’s been ‘so much government scrutiny’ of TV in recent years — sparked largely by Janet Jackson’s ‘wardrobe malfunction’ during halftime at the Super Bowl in 2004 — that he is somewhat worried about the aftermath.”
Some observers told TVWeek that since the inadvertant F-bomb was uttered at 12:43 am (ET), that it would likely be far less of an issue than had it been earlier in the day. In time zones where “SNL” is not shown live, the word was bleeped.
Also, according to the Post article, “SNL” “does not use a so-called ‘seven-second delay’ to prevent any unplanned utterances from going out on the air. ‘We’ve used an honor system,’ Michaels said, ‘and pretty much everyone has played by it forever.’
An F-bomb as was also dropped on “SNL” in 1981, at a time when Michaels was not producing the show.