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Nudity on Television - 2000s
  • Now for tonight's boobs, I mean news!In 2000, a Toronto-based internet news program  called NAKED NEWS began to offer a quality newscast with one difference— all their anchors strip down to the nude while reporting the days events. Kathy Pinckert, the vice president of Naked Broadcasting Network Inc., says the site "with nothing to hide" isn't just about nude newscasters. The Naked News which began broadcast in December 1999 on the Internet, runs five days a week and features four hosts who report on international news, entertainment, sports and weather — all while stripping and, ultimately, naked. Detractors of the idea like Charles Wright, director of VTV News at Six remarked "They just rip off the headlines from the wire services and read them. I don’t think it is even journalism." According to Diane Foster, who worked 10 years as a ophthalmic technician before becoming the nude weather reporter on the NAKED NEWS, "The nudity is a metaphor for the program. We’re stripping the news down to the bare facts."   According to a Naked News public relations clipping "In this electronic age, Naked News TV! (launched in September 2001) and NakedNews.com have become symbols of both the freedom of expression and a vanguard for the changes coming in the 21st Century. 
     

  • In April 2000 Huffman and his wife, Sally produced a video skit on their Michigan-based half-hour late-night GRTV (Channel 25) public access variety show called "Tim's Area of Control." It showed a close-up of a penis -- with a face drawn on it -- and testicles. A narrator told jokes, including, "I was in the Army ... I didn't do much ...I just hung around." The courts convicted Huffman of indecent exposure. Huffman was sentenced in February to one year of probation. The American Civil Liberties Union argued the First Amendment protects Huffman, adding that no one in the nation has ever been prosecuted for showing nudity on television.
     

  • Following on the heels of NAKED ELVIS in 1999, came NAKED JUNGLE, a sixty-minute nude game show hosted by Keith Chegwin. Premiering at 10:55pm on June 6, 2000 via Channel Five in Britain, the program centered on a group of naked contestants who searched a jungle setting for missing fig leafs.
     

  • Richard Hatch of SURVIVORMarooned on the deserted tropical island of Pulau Tiga, in the South China Sea, (northeast of Malaysia), 16 castaways competed to win the $1 million prize as part of the CBS reality series SURVIVOR. The show's motto: "Outwit, Outplay and Outlast" Richard Hatch, a single 39-year-old corporate trainer from Newport, Rhode Island won the competition on the 39th and last day of the game which aired on August 23, 2000. Part of Hatch's winning strategy was to wander naked about the island. It both thrilled and disgusted the viewers at home as well as his fellow contestants. Hatch was never seen fully naked on the screen due to the video editing that blotted out any of his prominent naughty bits. Entertainment Weekly called Hatch "The Ultra-Conniving, Buck-Naked Corporate Trainer."
     

  • Janet Jackson Exposed

    At the conclusion of Super Bowl 38's MTV produced halftime show(broadcast on the CBS network on February 1, 2004) singer Justin Timberlake tore off part of Janet Jackson's black leather bustier costume, exposing her right breast (her nipple was partially covered by a sunburst medallion). Prior to the unveiling, Timberlake had been singing the song "Rock Your Body" which contained the lyrics "better have her naked by the end of this song." Timberlake blamed a "wardrobe malfunction" and said "It was not intentional and is regrettable."  Janet Jackson later issued an apology that said it was a "stunt" and that she had not expected to go as far as it went. The event prompted pleas for an FCC investigation to determine  whether indecency rules were broken. FCC Chairman Michael Powell remarked "Like millions of Americans, my family and I gathered around the television for a celebration. Instead, that celebration was tainted by a classless,Lil' Kim Exposed crass and deplorable stunt. Our nation's children, parents and citizens deserve better." Meanwhile, the New England Patriots beat the Carolina Panthers with a last-minute field goal, 32-to-29. Comedian Jay Leno called the investigation into the incident "Nipple Gate." In 2011, a three-judge panel ruled that the FCC improperly fined the network $550,000 for Janet's "wardrobe malfunction." Trivia Note: In 1999, singer Lil' Kim wore a purple outfit that exposed her left breast (adorned with a purple pasty) during the annual MTV Video Music Awards ceremony. Ironically, Lil' Kim's almost identical exposure of her breast didn't raise such a furor.
     

  • On March 17, 2004, singer/actress Courtney Love in a copycat performance of Drew Barrymore in 1995, hopped on the desk of late night talk show host David Letterman while singing "Danny Boy" and declared, "My whole life I've just wanted to flirt with you," She then proceeded to flash her breasts and boasted: "I haven't shown my boobs for so long." Prior to unveiling her boobs to Dave, the 39-year-old Love had teased the audience members by lifting up her T-shirt several times. Upon viewing her breasts, Letterman commented "Very sweet of you...We're going to lose our liquor license." After her outrageous stunt, Love sat down on Letterman's couch, gestured to her chest and said, "FCC!" Later, she lit up a cigarette (in violation of New York's anti-smoking laws) and left the show for her nightclub engagement. When the show aired, exposed portions of the breast were blurred out.
     

  • Nicolette Sheridan about to DisrobeIn November 2004, during an opener for ABC Monday Night Football, a sexy scene depicting the naked back of  "Desperate Housewives" actress Nicollette Sheridan aired nationwide as she shed a towel and jumped into the arms of the Philadelphia Eagles' wide receiver Terrell Owens while in the locker room. The stunt was designed as a promo for Sheridan's series as she tried to persuade Terrell to skip the game to be with her. When he resisted, she dropped her towel and threw her naked self into his arms. To which Owens replied "Aw hell, the team is going to have to win this one without me." Although no nudity was shown (the camera only showed her back from the waist up -- but the nudity was poignantly implied by the bug-eyed stare and broad smile of the football player), FCC chief Michael Powell says the commission will investigate the suggestive stunt.
     

  • Page Kennedy, who plays a fugitive from the law on "Desperate Housewives," was fired from the hit ABC drama for improper conduct, It appears he had a penchant for "flashing" his fellow costars. Kennedy was hired to play Caleb, a mysterious male who was held captive in the basement of Wisteria Lane newcomer Betty Applewhite (Alfre Woodard) who allegedly was responsible for killing a teenager in Chicago. Kennedy's role was recast.
     

  • Pam Anderson Pole DancingA pole dancing video which NBC deemed inappropriate for the time slot (8 p.m.-7 central time) was deleted from "Elton John: The Red Piano," a Las Vegas Extravaganza taped at Ceasar's Palace and broadcast Monday night December 12th, 2005. The deleted song number featured Elton John singing "The Bitch is Back" as a video of Pam Anderson suggestively dancing in a very scanty outfit played behind the stage on an oversized video screen.

TRIVIA NOTE:  According to the Kaiser Family Foundation's biennial study Sex on TV 4 released in November of 2005, TV characters are having sex twice as often as they were in 1998. The study examined more that 1,000 hours of programming - excluding news, sports and children's shows.


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