Actor Samuel L. Jackson, who sparked a controversy with his appearance on "Saturday Night Live" last weekend, blamed his apparent utterance of a swear word on cast member Kenan Thompson, reports The New York Times’ ArtsBeat.
Jackson appeared to utter the f-word during the sketch "What Up With That?," followed by the word "bullshit." After he said it, Thompson humorously chided him, saying, "Come on, Sam, that costs money.”
In an interview with Jimmy Kimmel on Tuesday, Jackson joked that Thompson "was supposed to cut me off."
Kimmel responded, "So you’re saying this was Kenan’s fault?”
Jackson shrugged and said, "I’m used to working with professionals that know their lines. Even the ones that are written on cue cards in front of you.” He appeared to be gently teasing Thompson.
Jackson said he only got out part of the f-word, as in "fu." But he admitted he got the whole word out ("bullshit") in the second instance.
Representatives for "SNL" didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.
Here’s a video of Jackson’s interview with Kimmel, which begins with a clip from Jackson’s new movie, “Django Unchained” and includes a bleeped version of the “SNL” appearance: