“Good Morning America” has been berated by the Parents Television Council because Tom Hanks said the “f-word” on live television Friday morning, according to Fox News.
“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 was on the show with Elizabeth Vargas during the 8a.m. hour. Vargas asked Hanks to pretend that while on the show he was actually playing his character from his new movie, “Cloud Atlas.” While in character, Hanks said a line in a foreign language that include the word “f**k.”
Vargas and Hanks apologized multiple times to the audience and Hanks even said that the next time he is on the show they will probably use a seven-second delay. ABC issued a statement about the incident that said, “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.”