Saturday Night Live rookie's F-bomb mistake provides season debut's only memorable moment
Because, if the Saturday Night Live newbie had dropped an f-bomb on network TV earlier than 10 p.m., every NBC station in the country would be facing possible fines from the FCC.
But the time period where big fines await the broadcast of salty language ends at 10 p.m., so Slate's mistaken use of the f-word during a skit about a talk show starring potty mouthed biker babes mostly earned her a boatload of embarrassment and questions about her future on the show.
Though castmember Charles Rocket got fired 20 years ago for a similar infraction, producer Lorne Michaels told the Washington Post Slate's mistake was a different situation: "It was literally her first time on the show. There was nothing dirty, just a slip of the tongue. It was 'frickin', frickin', frickin' ' and then boom! The pain that Jenny is going through is, I'm sure, considerably worse than that experienced by anybody who saw it."
Besides, who watches Saturday Night Live at 12:45 a.m. anyway -- besides the kinds of insomniacs and party hounds who could care less?
Michaels should worry more about the fact that Slate's screw up was pretty much the only remarkable moment on a show which rode a tidal wave of buzz last year.
Check it out -- in unbleeped glory -- below: