Meredith Vieira had a potty-mouth moment on Thursday’s fourth hour of “Today,” where she’s been filling in for Kathie Lee Gifford alongside Hoda Kotb.
As the pair returned to air from commercial break, Meredith dropped her cue cards on the floor and exclaimed, “Oh, sh*t.”
Stunned that the curse word was caught on-air, a wide-eyed Meredith gasped and covered her mouth, as Hoda erupted in giggles and immediately began apologizing.
“Just go ahead and put it on Gawker immediately,” Hoda joked. “Little late for a bleep,” she added when the censor bleeped well after the fact. Oops.
The segment’s guest — Al Roker (who was there to discuss how he’s sustained his incredible weight loss) — didn’t hold back his delight in his former “Today” costar’s gaffe and busted out laughing while throwing his arms up in the air in excitement as if she’d scored a touchdown.
Apparently, Meredith has not perfected the art of holding note cards and a beverage at the same time — she was holding either a smoothie or a daiquiri during the “S-bomb” dropping. (And somewhere Kathie Lee is grinning…see it takes talent!)
Ironically, the subject of cursing had come up earlier in the broadcast when Meredith and Hoda appeared in a promo segment on the plaza with Matt Lauer, who cornered Hoda about her own alleged “S-bomb” from Wednesday’s show.
“No cursing today?” Lauer teased Hoda, saying he thought he heard an expletive slip after a squirmy pup wiggled out of Hoda’s arm during a pet segment.
But Hoda immediately fired back, “I did not curse! “No, no, no…”
Watch the Exchange Below.