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August 30, 2015


Update: Stephen Colbert takes on Shepard Smith

by Bob Sassone, posted Apr 24th 2009 5:20PM
The other day we shared the video of FOX News anchor Shep Smith dropping the F bomb. Now Stephen Colbert responds to all of Smith's various moments of "not being a team player." Colbert is more upset about swearing on live television than anything else. Colbert helpfully provides a list of words that Smith should have said instead of that dreaded four letter one. Added bonus: Samuel L. Jackson!

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Gordon Ramsay yells at you in the Hell's Kitchen video game too

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 11th 2008 2:40PM

Hell's Kitchen gameBut does he swear? If he doesn't, then a big component of the TV show is lost, wouldn't you say?

Yesterday marked the release of Ubisoft's Hell's Kitchen: The Video Game (the FOX show has been advertising the game for the past several weeks). Chef Ramsay does the voice for his character, and the game actually sounds rather cool, if it works the way it's described. Players go through three rounds of cooking (preparing the food, cooking it, and then the service), and Ramsay judges you. He can shut down the kitchen if you're not doing well, and you even get an "Advanced" mode where the customers become jerks and send the food back. Go through certain levels and you get access to special Gordon Ramsay recipes.

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Gordon Ramsay can swear, says Australia

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 19th 2008 3:21PM

Gordon RamsayTV fans in the United States are accustomed to hearing Chef Gordon Ramsay's swears bleeped and blurred out on FOX's Hell's Kitchen, but in other parts of the world, you can hear and see the whole thing.

In Australia, for example. One of the chef's other shows, Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares (where he goes into troubled restaurants and helps them get back on their feet) airs at 8:30, and Senator Cory Bernardi wanted the words banned because "there is no excuse for gratuitous bad language to be broadcast repeatedly." No excuse? Has the Senator ever seen some of the restaurants and restaurant owners that Ramsay has to deal with?

But fear not, Australian fans of swearing. The Senate there has said no to the calls to ban the words, even if Ramsay did use two words 80 times in the span of 40 minutes in one episode of the show. That must have been one dirty kitchen.

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PBS offering censored and uncensored versions of The War

by Adam Finley, posted Sep 4th 2007 7:02PM

The War"Gee whiz, that crazy nut just shot at me! I'd like to give that silly so-and-so a bop on the noggin, by golly!"

Yeah, I just can't imagine a World War II veteran talking about his experiences and not using a few expletives, and there are more than a few curse words bandied about in Ken Burns' seven-part documentary The War. The swearing comes not only from the soldiers themselves who use phrases like "holy s**t" and "***hole," but from the narrator, who explains what the military acronyms "FUBAR" and "SNAFU" stand for (if you don't know, Google it).

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Gordon Ramsay sued over new show

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 20th 2007 8:01AM

Gordon RamsayBut it's not the new season of Hell's Kitchen. It's actually a show that hasn't premiered yet.

The former general manager of Dillon's Restaurant in Manhattan has filed a lawsuit to block the airing of Kitchen Nightmares, the new Ramsay show that is supposed to premiere this September on FOX. The man says that he was fired from the restaurant on orders from Ramsay, and that Ramsay actually lied about finding rotten food and actually hired actors to pose as customers so the place would look busier than it usually is. The show has Ramsay coming into various restaurants to make them better.

This could be interesting, because many fans of Hell's Kitchen often wonder if the customers are plants or if the problems the chefs experience in the kitchen are fabricated or exaggerated.

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Sarah Silverman will probably swear a lot at MTV Movie Awards

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 1st 2007 3:30PM

Sarah SilvermanFor the first time, the MTV Movie Awards is going to be broadcast live, and host Sarah Silverman promises there will be some controversial moments.

Adam told you a couple of months ago about Silverman being chosen as host of the annual show. This year it's being produced by Survivor mastermind Mark Burnett, who seems to have a hand in almost every show on the air right now, with the possible exception of The Mclaughlin Group. Silverman has already had simulated sex with a block of cheese at the Independent Spirit Awards (hmmm...must have missed that), and she tells USA Today: "The truth is, I'll probably be swearing a lot. But I don't think it will be any less funny. It will be fun to flirt with the conventions of live television. There's no way it's going to go totally smoothly, and I know, as a viewer, I'm always watching for the evidence of the 'liveness.' "

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Top 15 best (intentional) uses of profanity on TV - VIDEO

by Julia Ward, posted May 21st 2007 10:16AM
deadwood al swearingGeorge Carlin's "Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television" routine famously landed him in jail. He was charged for obscenity in 1972 after performing the bit at Milwaukee's Summerfest. When it was broadcast the following year on a New York City radio station, the FCC got in on the act. The radio station challenged the fine, and the case went all the way to the Supreme Court.

Now, I intend on using every one of Carlin's "dirty words" after the jump so consider yourself warned. Be prepared to wash your computer's mouth out with soap. It may look like a saint, but it swears like sailor.

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Italian TV prez not fond of reality TV

by Adam Finley, posted Apr 5th 2007 4:04PM

italyThis is an interesting bit of yin yang for y'all*:

It seems that all the reasons given by Claudio Petruccioli, president of the Italian state broadcaster RAI, not to have reality programming on his channel are the exact reasons why American broadcasters want to have more reality programming:

  • "unreasonable if not degrading behaviour"
  • "[putting] people into environments that are both unrealistic and coercive"

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The State vs. Mr. Show - VIDEO

by Adam Finley, posted Jan 4th 2007 8:35AM

mr. showKittenpants over at CC Insider found a video on YouTube of one of my favorite sketches from MTV's The State, a gritty drama edited for television that kind of loses something without all the cursing. There's just nothing especially menacing about the word "poop," no matter how much anger and passion you put into it.

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Battlestar Galactica invades Dilbert

by Kevin Kelly, posted Dec 8th 2006 7:38PM
Click for Dilbert's BSG-ism!Everyone's favorite swear words get the sci-fi treatment on television so they can sidestep around the censors. On Farscape we had "frell," Battlestar Galactica has "frack," and Firefly gave us a whole slew of Chinese swear words like "tzae gao" and "ta ma de." Bilngual swearing, FTW! You know a sci-fi swearism has reached the mainstream when it's being used by a character in Scott Adams' "Dilbert" strip.

Although, come to think of it ... I'm not even sure if Captain Kirk ever said "damn." One thing is for sure, I'd really like to see Spock bust out the f-word. Just once. You know he got fed up with McCoy at some point, broke all of his Vulcan training and cold logic and just let him have it. Plus, while we're on this rant, why didn't anyone ever tell Doctor Smith to shut the f*ck up on Lost in Space? The guy earned it, for sure.

Now we can get onto the real conspiracy: is Dilbert a Cylon? Maybe he's the only human left, and everyone around him is a Cylon. We may never know the true story.

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Hell's Kitchen: Episode 9

by Bob Sassone, posted Aug 7th 2006 10:10PM

Gordon Ramsay"This whole experience has given me a whole new skin on life." - Virginia

Um, what is wrong with Virginia? If she's not screwing up in the kitchen, she's spouting inane lines. That combined with her iffy kitchen skills, I'd have to say it comes down to me wanting either Keith or Heather to win the Vegas restaurant.

Of course, Keith wears a baseball cap sideways, can't speak that well, and has pants that are always falling off of him. So I guess I want Heather to win. But I'm not happy about that decision.

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Hell's Kitchen and So You Think You Can Dance coming back

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 25th 2006 10:09AM

FOX logoThe two FOX reality shows have had such a jump in viewers this season that the network has already announced that the shows will come back for a third season.

I don't watch So You Think You Can Dance (please, please, don't make me), but I'm happy to see Hell's Kitchen renewed. I just hope that next season the producers actually pick people who I want to root for. Sure, it's fine and fun to have villains, maybe even a goofball or two to get voted off quickly. But it's very frustrating to have an entire cast made of up people you can't root for.

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Hell's Kitchen: Episode 6

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 17th 2006 10:15PM
Gordon Ramsay(S02E06) I'm typing this between 9 and 10 at night, and it's still in the upper 80s and unbearably humid. So, really, the last show I want to watch is something where people in long sleeves and pants are running around a hot kitchen, sweating, cooking hot food under pressure. Makes me feel even worse, as I search for even a hint of a breeze outside my apartment window. Ugh.

The women's team is hurting (Rachel was voted out last week), and the blue team is gloating that they are going to mop up the floor with them.

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Hell's Kitchen: Episode 5

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 10th 2006 10:02PM

Gordon Ramsay(S02E05) It's really bizarre how the contestants are acting on this show this season. Tonight, Maribel calls the food on the table "appetizer like thingies." Yeah, THINGIES. Virginia makes fun of Ramsay's accent after he fools the teams with a bunch of appetizers that are really foods like hot dogs and cheese whiz. Keith calls the crushed up hot dogs "slammin," whatever the hell that means. Sara...my God, she just might be pure evil. I don't care if "reality shows" always distort a player's personality, no one should act the way she's does.

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Hell's Kitchen: Episode 4

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 26th 2006 10:28PM
Gordon Ramsay(S02E04) Finally! Chef Gordon Ramsay says what I - and most of America, I'm sure - have been saying since the first episode: these contestants aren't chefs, they're just a bunch of fast food cooks, and none of them are fit to run a multi-million dollar restaurant at a billion dollar hotel. Yes! One of the truer moments in reality TV show history.

This week the teams not only have to get through their fourth service, but also have to make lunch for the first time - for several screaming, hyper kids.

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