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Jack Black gets musical pass for profanity on Letterman
In the same broadcast that saw him apologize to Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin for a joke about her daughter, late-night TV host David Letterman was back on controversial ground again during his show on Monday night, when comedian Jack Black inserted an “F-word” into his impromptu song.
It was the kind of “fleeting expletive” that recently became the subject of a high profile case before the U.S. Supreme Court, which decided that the federal government can fine broadcasters for airing a single expletive blurted out on a live show. Fortunately for Letterman, his guest’s brief foray into profanity aired after 10 p.m., which means that it does not risk a fine from the Federal Communications Commission.
Black’s use of the “F-word” can be heard at the end of the video in the link below (warning: Fan Fare has not edited it out). He was talking about a song that he would like to record, and then things turned blue.
Normally, “Late Night with David Letterman” and similar talk shows bleep out profanity of the kind Black used on the program. But apparently they just missed it on Monday night.
Did the fleeting expletive go too far? Or is it alright for late night?