Published December 14, 2012
Morning shows are designed to be entertaining. But some of the most captivating morning show moments happen by accident. Here are some of the most cringe-worthy morning show mishaps of 2012.
10. Joel McHale looks ungentlemanly on ‘Live!’
Joel McHale forgot to help “Live! With Kelly” host Kelly Ripa with her heavy chair when he guest co-hosted the show back in July. Petite Ripa then struggled to handle the chair herself, creating an awkward on-air moment.
9. Kathie Lee drops puppy
Kathie Lee Gifford was appalled when she dropped a small puppy during “The Today Show” in October. The adorable pooch fell out of her hands and landed on its head. Co-host Hoda Kotb quickly said “Puppy took a nose dive-y,” which made the moment even more awkward.
8. Tom Hanks curses on ‘GMA’
Tom Hanks got in character when he was asked to show off his “Cloud Atlas” accent on “Good Morning America.” So much so, that he accidentally dropped the F-bomb on the live show. Hanks immediately apologized, but the mistake still angered the Parents Television Counsel.
7. Steven Tyler curses, thinks he's on 'GMA'
Almost immediately following Tom Hanks' slip, Steven Tyler had a similar mishap on the “The Today Show.” "Hey y'all...Thanks for coming out, you crazy f**kers," he said. The rocker also seemed to forget what show he was on. He said "Good Morning, America," as the camera focused in on the Aerosmith singer. Al Roker laughed and attempted to excuse the mistake. "That's why they haven't done morning television! They don't even know what show they're on,” he said.
6. Matt Lauer grills Anne Hathaway
Matt Lauer’s joke about Anne Hathaway’s wardrobe malfunction didn’t go over well. “We’ve seen a lot of you lately,” Lauer quipped before asking Hathaway about the uncomfortable moment. She handled it like a pro and answered before changing the subject to her upcoming film, but fans of the actress quickly bashed Lauer for his remark.
5. Comcast airs porn instead of ‘Good Morning America’
Some morning show watchers woke up to a very different program back in April. Viewers in Colorado were shown a porn movie instead of the scheduled “Good Morning America” show. The X-rated film was only shown for a few seconds, but viewers watching with their children were outraged and Comcast soon issued an apology.
4. Kris Jenner instead of 9/11 moment of silence
“The Today Show” took a lot of heat when execs chose to interview Kim Kardashian's mom, Kris Jenner, instead of observing a moment of silence in memory of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. New co-host Savannah Guthrie spoke to Kris Jenner about the new season of "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" and her breast implants during the widely observed moment of silence.
3. Kathie Lee Gifford asks about Martin Short’s marriage
Kathie Lee meant well when she tried to compliment Martin Short’s marriage to Nancy Dolman. Gifford praised his marriage, calling it "one of the greatest marriages in show business." She then asked how many years Short and his wife had been married — failing to remember that Dolman died two years ago of ovarian cancer. The cringe-worthy moment led Gifford to apologize profusely.
2. Brian Ross’ Colorado shooting misstep
As the name of the “Dark Knight Rises” movie theater shooting suspect was released, ABC News’ Brian Ross reported he had found someone with the name "Jim Holmes" on a Colorado Tea Party site."Now we don't know if this is the same Jim Holmes, but it's Jim Holmes of Aurora, Colorado." Ross and ABC News later issued an apology for the major mistake.
1. Ann Curry’s awkward ‘Today’ farewell
Perhaps the most-noticed morning show mistake of 2012 was Ann Curry’s botched departure on "The Today Show" back in June. Curry’s tearful exit left viewers uncomfortable, especially when she pointed out that the move was not her choice: "This is not as I expected to ever leave this couch." The show has since struggled with ratings.