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CBS Denies That Jack White Dropped F Bomb During Grammys

February 11, 2013 | Posted by Joseph Lee

While it seems as though Jack White dropped a “F bomb” during his performance at the Grammys, CBS told The Hollywood Reporter that he didn’t.

It appeared that he sang the f word during his performance of “Love Interruption” with Ruby Amanfu at the Staples Center on the East Coast. The lyrics of the song don’t include “f**k me”, so it seems like they were added during the performance. Many viewers went on social media to point out what White said.

Martin Franks, executive of VP Planning, policy and government affairs at CBS, says that the word was not used. The network’s editors listened multiple times on state-of-the-art equipment to make sure. He says the word that was sung was “fight.”

He said: “We had 10 editors, and three people on site, and all are experienced, all with multiple Grammy, multiple Big Brother, multiple Tony experience, experience with doing these delays. They went through all of the rehearsals. They have prepared meticulously. And not a single one of them heard anything other than ‘fight.’

CBS say they were so sure it was “fight” they didn’t edit it out of the later broadcast for the West Coast. Later in the night, one of the members of Mumford & Sons (who won album of the year) said the F word, and CBS censors caught it. The show aired on 10-second delay.

Last Sunday, Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco said the word during the Super Bowl, which airs without a delay and isn’t censored. After the Ravens won (by 34-31), Flacco, the MVP, said: “This is f—ing awesome. He was embracing teammate Marshal Yanda at the time. The PTC slammed CBS for letting the language air uncensored.

CBS Sports chairman Sean McManus said: “It’s unfortunate, but in the heat of battle sometimes it happens. We try to avoid it, but sometimes it happens in live television.

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