Ariana Grande said she wanted a grown-up scandal during her Saturday Night Live monologue, and then she basically got one.
While performing a song about striving to participate in some adult misconduct to get more press, Grande said the word “s—.”
“I’ll puke in the pool, or pimp-slap Adele,” Grande sang, before swearing. “Oh, s—,” she said.
The curse, which was not bleeped during the live broadcast of SNL, was removed from the version of Grande’s opening monologue that appeared online. Despite the slip, it’s unlikely NBC will face any action from the Federal Communications Commission for Grande’s bad word. Saturday Night Live airs outside the designated “safe harbor” time period, where the FCC enforces its indecency rules.
“Regarding the safe harbor period, Congress and the courts have instructed the Commission only to enforce the indecency standard between the hours of 6 a.m. and 10 p.m., local time — when children are more likely to be in the audience,” the FCC site reads. “As a consequence, the Commission does not take action on indecent material aired between 10 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. In this way, constitutionally-protected free speech rights of adults are balanced with the need to protect children from harmful content.”
Watch the edited version of Grande’s monologue below.