On today’s Today, Jane Fonda–no stranger to controversy–sent producers rushing for the dump button when discussing the Vagina Monologues. The play is celebrating its 10th anniversary.
Ms. Vieira had conducted the interview with â€œMonologuesâ€ writer Eve Ensler and Ms. Fonda, who said she initially resisted the invitation to participate in the play years ago.
As Ms. Fonda recalled it, â€œI was asked to do a monologue called ‘C—,’ and I said, ‘I don’t think so. I’ve got enough problems.’”
â€œTodayâ€ dropped the sound and slipped in a still photo to make sure no one could lip-read the word for Central, Moutain and Pacific feeds of the No. 1 morning show, but they retained Ms. Vieira’s apology in the later feeds.
“Before we go to break, in our last half-hour we were talking about ‘The Vagina Monologues’ and Jane Fonda inadvertently said a word from the play that you don’t say on television.â€ Ms. Vieira said. â€œIt was a slip, and obviously, she apologizes and so do we. We would do nothing to offend the audience, so please accept that apology.”
Society is still doing its best to soldier on in light of the tragedy.