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Charles Rocket says the F word on SNL 1981

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Uploaded on Aug 6, 2009

After Lorne Michaels wasn't rehired for Saturday Night Live's 6th season (1980-1981), his associate producer, Jean Doumanian was the one who took over the program, which by that point had become an American institution of television. All the original "Not Ready For Prime Time Players" had already left at that point, along with all the original writers. Doumanian hired an entire new bunch of "Not Ready For Prime Time Players", who definitely weren't ready for prime time, much less anything else. Even with the hiring of young 19 year old Eddie Murphy, who unbelievably was relegated to a bit player in the ensemble and really didn't get his turn to shine yet, the show was becoming an embarassment for NBC. Here has to be the lowest point during that time, the late Charles Rocket, surrounded by the mostly unknown cast (although young Eddie can be seen behind him) parodying the "Who Shot JR" sequence from the TV show "Dallas", that was one of the biggest pop culture items in late 1980, tells host Charlene Tilton (also on Dallas at the time) that "It has been the first time he has been shot in his life, and he'd like to know who the fuck did it". This originally aired live in the East Coast, edited for the West Coast airing later that night, but surely has to be the earliest instance of the profane word uttered on National TV. Check out Eddie's (and the rest of the ensembles) reaction when Rocket says the curse. He stumbles the word a bit, but he definitely says it. Sorry about the quality of the picture...

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