We've all had an "oops" moment when we've put our foot in our mouth or done the wrong thing. When you're on television, that moment gets magnified, and if it goes viral, well, the moment could last forever.
The latest on-screen gaffe, courtesy of morning news anchors Sukanya Krishnan and Frances Rivera on New York's WB-affiliate, WPIX, wasn't so much a verbal blunder as it was an actual misstep.
While discussing a story Wednesday about the correlation between the pain of wearing high heel shoes and orgasm, Krishnan and Rivera walked around their anchor desk showing off their four-plus inch heels.
That's when Rivera, while joking that the pain from her high heels "feels so good," lost her footing and went down on the studio floor, laughing out loud.
Krishnan, unsure whether her co-anchor was still joking, got up to help Rivera. "I thought you were doing one of your jokie-jokes," Krishnan said.
"No, I fell on live TV," Rivera said, blaming it on the makeshift studio they were in and not the size of her heels.
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Their exchange went something like this:
"I guess it takes a tough man to make a tender forecast," Anastos said to Gregory.
"I guess that's me," a bewildered Gregory replied.
Both men shared a chuckle, then the 66-year-old anchorman shocked his colleagues and the audience at home when he said, "Keep f***ing that chicken."
Stunned co-anchor Dari Alexander grimaced straight into the camera before going to commercial.
Exactly what Anastos meant was not clear, but Thursday afternoon Fox 5 issued a statement to ABCNews.com: "We are disappointed with Ernie's comment on the air last night. He will apologize for his use of inappropriate language tonight during 'Fox 5 News at 10 p.m.'"
Halfway through Thursday night's newscast, Anastos, once again sitting between Alexander and Gregory, turned to the camera and said: "I misspoke during last night's newscast. I apologize to anyone who might have been offended."
Apparently, the legendary co-anchor has had his share of on-air blunders. Once, he mispronounced the station's own Web site as "myFoxNY.c**k."
Comedian D-lister Kathy Griffin was naughty on New Year's 2009 during a live broadcast on CNN with Anderson Cooper.
Talk show legend Larry King didn't exactly blunder when he told PBS host Tavis Smiley that his son wanted to be black after President Obama was elected. But Jimmy Kimmel milked it for laughs anyway.
You would think that TV-savvy guests would learn never to trust a microphone as long as it's still clipped to them. But it's during those unsuspecting hot-mic moments that you can really hear what newsmakers think.
Just think of Obama's recent off-the-cuff comments about Kanye West or Jesse Jackson's off-color comments about Obama during the election.
At the end of last year, Peggy Noonan and Mike Murphy, a former aide to Sen. John McCain, took their turn to get caught when they were overheard criticizing McCain's VP pick, Sarah Palin.
MSNBC talk show host Joe Scarborough had a slip of the tongue one morning on his political show. He accidently dropped the F-bomb when meant to use just the first letter of the word. When his co-host pointed out what he had said, Scarborough stopped the show to apologize. Perhaps he knew he was going to be in trouble with more than just the FCC. He had to face his wife when he got home.