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Madonna on LettermanMadonna on Letterman - On the 2/13/95 episode of LATE NIGHT WITH DAVID LETTERMAN, pop songstress Madonna, dressed in a tight black dress, came bearing gifts of candy and roses to wish David Letterman a Happy Valentine's Day. One of the first things she said was "I'm a changed woman since I met you and I'm not going to say 'Fuck' anymore." Madonna statement referred to her March 31, 1994 guest appearance when she uttered the word "Fuck" 13 times during her short visit to the show. This isn't the first time the pop singer has been in the trouble spotlight. Earlier in Madonna's career, the BBDO ad agency pulled her 1989 Pepsi commercial after just one airing due to controversy over her "Like a Prayer" video.

TRIVIA NOTE: In 1981, comedian Charles Rocket got fired after "accidentally" saying "Fuck" on SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE during a "Who Shot J.R.?" spoof of the primetime show DALLAS. In 1989, Rocket told People magazine, ''I'm not proud of the fact it slipped through. But that's all it was -- a slip." Years later, at the age of 56, Charles Rocket was found dead in a field near his home at Canterbury, Connecticut on October 07, 2005. He apparently had committed suicide by cutting his throat. His real name was Charles Claverie.

On April 12, 1997, Norm MacDonald let the word "Fuck" slip out while doing the SNL "Weekend Update" segment. He apologized to NBC and promised not to say it again. He was not fired. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly magazine MacDonald said "I'm surprised it doesn't happen all the time because that word is always on my mind. I find it's an excellent word because that way you don't need a large vocabulary."

On episode No. 68 "The Non-Fat Yogurt" (11/4/93) of the sitcom SENINFELD/NBC/1990-98, the words fuck" and "shit" were freely used in the script dialogue. However, the audio track was bleeped to prevent the audience from hearing the profanity.


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