By: John Lester, NewsOXY Reporter
10/20/2012 04:06 PM ET
Tom Hanks is in big trouble after he said a swear word during a live appearance Friday on "Good Morning America."
"We are so sorry, 'Good Morning America,'" co-anchor Elizabeth Vargas stated after her guest looked shocked and covered his mouth. Hanks looked totally devastated and appeared apologetic. ABC removed it for subsequent feeds of the show in the Midwest and West.
"Man oh man. I have never done that before. I would apologize to the kids of America who are watching this right now. And the next time I'm on the show, there will be a 7-second delay. Never give me a handheld mic. I blame the staff," Hanks joked.
Hanks dropped the "f-bomb" word during an interview after Vargas had asked him to speak in his character's British accent in the movie "Cloud Atlas." The actor said that it was "mostly swear words," but Vargas told him to go ahead anyway. Hanks began speaking in a mumble, but the obscenity was clearly audible.
However, despite the star's apology, the Parents Television Council said it is unacceptable the F-word slipped through unedited during the broadcast.
"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," the statement read. "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' rep declined comment when asked about the statement issued by the PTC.