On Friday morning, Hanks appeared to promote his new movie “Cloud Atlas” and anchor Elizabeth Vargas asked if the actor was good at doing a British accent. Hanks responded that his skills were limited.
“Mostly, it’s swear words,” he remarked. Vargas gave him the go-ahead to demonstrate and as he spoke, the f-word flew out his mouth. Hanks and Vargas immediately reacted by covering their mouths and Vargas subsequently apologized. “We are so sorry, ‘Good Morning America’,” she said. Hanks also apologized on air.
“Man oh man, I’m sorry,” said Hanks. “I slipped into a brand of acting. I have never done that before. I want to apologize to the kids in America that are watching this right now, and let me say next time on the show there will be a seven-second delay.”
He also apologized on his Twitter page after the taping. “For GMA, spesh kowtow for Lizzie V for WHAT DID I JUST SAY??? Oops! In character! Sorry! Hanx” he tweeted.
ABC also released a statement on the matter and said the slip won’t appear on any subsequent airings. “This morning Tom Hanks accidentally used an expletive during a live interview on ‘GMA’ with Elizabeth Vargas. They both immediately apologized on air, and the show was corrected for the all subsequent feeds,” ABC said in their statement.
Despite the numerous apologies, the Parents Television Council doesn’t think this was an innocent mistake and released a statement of their own. “Once again, a morning news show has allowed the harshest profanity to be broadcast into every living room and breakfast table in the country,” said Dan Isett, director of public policy for the PTC. “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. 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.”
In addition to dropping f-bombs, Hanks is also urging people to vote or he will make them drop their pants and paddle them. “You’ve got three weeks, and I’m standing by,” Hanks told MTV this week. “By the way, I’ve got connections to every one of the States’ voter registration rolls. If you’re 18 and you can vote and you don’t vote, bend over and drop them because you’re going to have red buttocks cheeks. I’m not just going to stop at 10 or 12. I’m really going to lay into you.”
This isn’t the first time he has threatened non-voters. He made the same threat two weeks ago. “If you don’t vote this year, I am going to come to your house and I’m gonna spank you right on the butt,” said Hanks. “Do you understand me? Nothing is more important. If you don’t vote — that’s right, if you don’t vote — Hanks is coming to your house to spank you on the butt.”
It looks like the occasional cuss word isn’t the only thing people have to worry about receiving from Hanks!