Tom Hanks lets the F-Bomb slip on live TV
Actor Tom Hanks got himself into an embarrassing situation on live television on Friday when, after being encouraged by interviewer Elizabeth Vargas to speak in a foreign accent, Hanks accidentally let the F-bomb slip.
The incident happened during a live segment on Good Morning America while Hanks was talking about his new movie ‘Cloud Atlas’. Vargas kept asking him to speak in the British regional accent he uses throughout the movie. At first Hanks warned much of the dialogue was “swear words” but, after more pushing from Vargas, he finally went ahead and, in character and quoting lines from the movie, out came the F-word.
Elizabeth Vargas, who by this time was probably wishing she hadn’t pushed Hanks to do that, apologized to the audience profusely. Tom Hanks too apologized to “the kids in America who are watching this right now”. After all, when it’s live there is no seven-second delay or the use of a loud beep to cover up the word.
Outside the US, however, many commentators on YouTube and Internet forums said they didn’t understand why Tom Hanks swearing is such big news in America. Swear words are heard on European TV channels all the time, with the “F-bomb” making multiple daily appearances on TV in the UK.