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Elaine Stritch Appears On TODAY & Says F-Word

February 18
2:48 PM 2014

Elaine Stritch Appears On TODAY & Says F-WordThe one and only theatrical grande dame Elaine Stritch appeared on NBC's TODAY show earlier today and shocked viewers by dropping a characteristic curse word that was surprisingly and mistakenly not bleeped by the network during the morning chat show.

Stritch appeared in the final hour - in the final segment - with co-hosts Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb, granting an interview in promotion of her new documentary, ELAINE STRITCH: SHOOT ME.

"Elaine, you are so beloved, but as much for your work - of course - for your mouth," Gifford said, to which Stritch replied, "Yes."

"You say whatever you want to say. When did that all happen?" Gifford continued.

"Thank God it hasn't been... not passed on television," Stritch said of the medium. "If you just say things naturally, it's fine."

Then, pointing to her eyes, Stritch said, "You know, they can f*ck."

"I know! I know," a visibly shaken Gifford replied before attempting to go commercial.

"I meant a serious point by that!" Stritch continued.

For even more about Elaine Stritch, check out my extensive InDepth InterView with the living legend all about Sondheim and much, much more, available here.

View the video of Stritch's appearance on TODAY below. WARNING: CONTAINS STRONG LANGUAGE!

Photo Credit: Jennifer Broski

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