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Meredith Vieira 's-bombs' 'Today' show

And it's not the first time

By Corey Levitan Jan 3, 2013 3:37PM

It's difficult making Kathie Lee Gifford look professional. But Meredith Vieira accomplished this unintentional goal by letting an "s-bomb" drop while filling in for her in the fourth hour of Thursday's "Today" show. (Gifford is recovering from a root canal.)

"Oh (expletive)," Vieira said while coming back from a commercial break.

According to USA Today, which broke the news, one of her interview cards had just fallen while she and Hoda Kotb were preparing to interview Al Roker.

Vieira turned beet red and covered her mouth while Roker screamed: "Yes! Yes!"

Kotb attempted to read prepared material before finally breaking down and saying: "All right. Just go ahead put it on Gawker immediately."

“A little late for a bleep,” Kotb added when one sounded, as a joke, minutes after the offense.

Vieira finally composed herself enough to say: "Oh my gosh, I'm so sorry, I'm so sorry."

This footage of the incident was posted by a YouTube user.

Coincidentally, the subject of cursing came up earlier in the same broadcast. In a promo segment on the plaza, Matt Lauer teased Kotb about about her own alleged "s-bomb" drop during a pet segment from Wednesday’s show.

“No cursing today?” Lauer asked Kotb.

This is not the first time Vieira has broken FCC indecency regulations on "Today." In April 2010, she let the same word slip while participating in a driving-while-texting simulation.

Does Vieira's slip-up strike you as funny or inexcusable?

"Today" airs weekdays at 7 a.m. ET/PT on NBC.

Jan 4, 2013 11:25AM
"You frickin ice-holes throw a sheet fit over the most trivial icenine bull pucky! Get a life!

Jan 4, 2013 11:23AM
Funny or inexcusable? Neither. It doesn't amuse or offend me.
Jan 4, 2013 11:21AM

Is the word S-----------t  worse than all the Violence we see on TV, Game Videos and the Media, perpetrating all the killers, their massacres, because they reinact another copycat killer, and want to be famous?   "Pick Your Battles"; this is nothing but sensationalism by the Press--how many times do they say it--bleep, bleep, and bleep w/profane language.


It shows that Meridith is comfortable in her own "skin" with all people.

Jan 4, 2013 11:19AM

Gimme' a break!

This is funny as all hell.

It aint like it's Captain Kangaroo with a bunch of kids watching.

Anybody who's offended by this SERIOUSLY needs to get a life.

Jan 4, 2013 11:12AM

It doesn't bother me.  I say S------all the time.


S------------should not be considered  a profane word anymore--it's time to put it in the Webster's Dictionary/others as a true word in our vocabulary.

Jan 4, 2013 11:11AM
Jan 4, 2013 11:01AM

What the h**l is wrong with these d**n broadcast professionals?  This s**t is f***ing uncalled for.

Jan 4, 2013 10:48AM
She should be fired. If not God will still certainly punish her. This is worst thing that happened to this country since 9/11 and it is sure sign that the end is near.

Seriously, WTF is wrong with the US, how the hell is this even an issue? Why write an article about something as trivial as this when we have millions of morons running around with AR-15s all over the country and a murder rate that is many times that of our northern neighbors in Canada, making us seem like a nation of barbarians living next to a highly civilized society. And we have an economy that is only staying afloat because we spend so much on our defense that the veiled threat of total destruction forces countries to sell us their oil and lend us all their money.
Why do we have to read articles about a person saying **** on the TV.
God help us all.
Jan 4, 2013 10:46AM
After Kathy Lee Giffords attempt to give Anderson Cooper a **** on live TV New Years Eve I don't think anyone will make her look professional.  Now that was unbelievable.  It got very little press and this stupid slip makes the front page?  Come one msn quit trying to brain wash us.
Jan 4, 2013 10:35AM
Please, this story as really tremendous as you may think it is NOT due the attention it is being given.  Enough is enough. F...... it!
Jan 4, 2013 10:12AM
In this day and age, can not believe anyone would seriously be offended by what Meredith said.  Unfortunately, the society of today seems to have little to no respect for the sensibilities of anyone or anything.
Jan 4, 2013 9:57AM
Funny To me .. Just a slip.. We all do it.. !
Jan 4, 2013 9:57AM
That's absolutely inappropriate considering she hadn't even had a glass of wine yet! She needs to drink several glasses before proffering that excrement.
Jan 4, 2013 9:31AM
They need to focus on Hoda and Gifford who constantly promote alcohol and drinking while acting all praise the lord! Alcoholism has caused alot of problems and sadness to real people of all ages. A curse word has never killed anyone!
Jan 4, 2013 9:18AM

Meredith ... there are a lot of us who miss you. She seems to be a funny and honest human being. She is intelligent, so isn't that who we want giving us the news, someone who actually has a brain?  She is doing the Today show as a favor by filling in and now she is getting criticized. That is messed up. I could see if she slipped up all of the time, but just a slip of the tongue once in a blue moon? Who cares! Don't watch live TV if you are offended by what might accidentally be said from time to time. To the ones that are angry about Ann getting demoted, yes, I felt bad for her, because she seems sweet, but sometimes her sweetness can almost seem phony. I liked her with the small segments, but when it came to serious news,  she could come off a touch fake, or even asked questions that seemed obvious to the viewers.  Am I the only one that thinks that? I think some people should give Matt and the Today show a break.

Jan 4, 2013 9:06AM

who cares !!! what about Hoda and Kathie Lee always drinking wine on the set and acting like that's no big deal. Worse things going on in our world today (pardon the pun). Move on

Jan 4, 2013 9:02AM

I think she is down to earth and a real individual, no apology needed. If people were a little more

real and a lot less fake then the world would be a better place, even with all the s--- bombs!!

I think it is what I would call a real moment, you go Meredith!!

Jan 4, 2013 9:01AM
Meredith Vieira is the "gold standard" when it comes to morning TV anchors.  She can easily get away with lots of gaffes that others can't because she's so dynamic and just plain likeable.  Too bad she's on NBC, the "No Body Cares" network.  And Matt Lauer just needs to shut his pie-hole because nothing comes out that deep dark lifeless smarmy chasm of his that anybody wants to hear anyway.  Suck it, Lauer!!!
Jan 4, 2013 9:00AM

Regardless of the slip, not poignant at this point in the arena of television, I would love to see Meredith replace Kathie Lee. I find her obnoxious and superficial. I stopped watching the Today show when they gave her a slot. In fact, the station lost a lot of my respect. Hoping Meredith one day replaces her, and then I will tune in again. But, I am only one. Apparently she must appeal to a different audience. Best wishes Meredith!!!!

Jan 4, 2013 8:56AM

It was an accident! She's a decent woman. Give her a break

She's not a foul mouthed "comedian" or rapper.

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