updated 02/14/2008 AT 9:00 AM ET
•originally published 02/14/2008 AT 9:50 AM ET
Jane Fonda may be 70, but she’s not too old to have her mouth washed out with soap.
No stranger to controversy, the actress used a vulgar word to describe a body part on Thursday morning’s Today show – which later prompted a statement of apology from the program’s cohost, Meredith Vieira.
Fonda and The Vagina Monologues playwright Eve Ensler were having a Valentine’s Day conversation with Vieira about the 15th anniversary of Ensler’s best-known work – and the 10th anniversary of “V-Day,” founded by Ensler to end violence against women and girls around the world – when Fonda let the “c-word” slip.
“We were talking about The Vagina Monologues and Jane Fonda inadvertently said a word from the play that you don’t say on television,” Vieira said after a newsbreak on Today. “It was a slip and obviously she apologizes, and so do we. We would do nothing to offend the audience. So please accept that apology.”
– Stephen M. Silverman