Published October 19, 2012
The Parents Television Council has called out “Good Morning America” for allowing Tom Hanks to blurt out the "f-word" on live television Friday morning.
“Once again, a morning news show has allowed the harshest profanity to be broadcast into every living room and breakfast table in the country," PTC director of public policy Dan Isett said in a statement. "This is just another in a long, sad string of similar instances where all of the major network morning shows have permitted this inappropriate and offensive content. These cannot and must not be dismissed as ‘mistakes,’ and it’s time for the networks to step up, take responsibility for what they broadcast, and ensure that this never happens again.”
Hanks' gaffe came during the show's 8 a.m. hour in a segment with Elizabeth Vargas. She asked Hanks to pretend he was in character for his upcoming film "Cloud Atlas." Hanks delivered a line in a foreign accent that contained the word "f**k."
Both Hanks and Vargas profusely apologized to the audience, with Hanks joking that the next time he came on the show, he would likely be subject to a seven second delay.
ABC later released a statement on the matter: "This morning Tom Hanks accidentally used an expletive during a live interview on 'GMA' with Elizabeth Vargas. They both immediately apologized on air, and the show was corrected for the all subsequent feeds."