Fonda Swears She's Sorry for Obscenity

Today show apologizes for on-air slip, decency watchdogs want delay
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 15, 2008 6:37 AM CST

(Newser) Today host Meredith Vieira got an unpleasant  shock yesterday when Jane Fonda let the C-word slip while discussing the Vagina Monologues, the New York Daily News reports. "It was a slip, and obviously she apologizes, and so do we," Vieira told viewers. Fonda's blooper came when she was asked why she'd originally turned down a role in the play. She "was just quoting the title of her scene," her spokeswoman noted. "She meant no disrespect."

The Barbarella star was explaining that she initially turned down the role because of the crude language."I live in Georgia, okay? I was asked to do a monologue called 'C---.' I said, 'I don't think so. I've got enough problems,"  Fonda said on air, unaware, at first, that she had goofed. Sorry wasn't good enough for the Parents Television Council, though: the advocacy group says NBC should put a time delay on all its live programming to keep any future slip-ups off the airwaves.