Alanis Morissette kept U.S. TV censors on high alert on New Year’s Eve after encouraging the star of her Broadway show Jagged Little Pill to sing a curse word live on air.
The singer joined Lauren Patten and the cast of the new stage musical in New York’s Times Square on Tuesday night to celebrate the start of a new decade with a performance of You Oughta Know on Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest. And despite the fact the show was airing live with only a short delay, Morissette urged the Blue Bloods actress not to censor the lyrics.
Patten decided to take the risk and belted out the famous line, “Are you thinking of me when you f— her?” during the gig, which ended up being heavily censored by TV bosses anyway.
“She (Morissette) told me to,” Patten told Variety. “She said, ‘Say it.’ She said she always says (sings) that, and (told me), ‘You are going to say it, too.’”
The swear word wasn’t the only part of the tune bleeped out when the set aired – producers also blocked out the part of the song in which Morissette sings, “Would she go down on you in a theatre?”, as well as lyrics, such as “perverted” and “older version of me” — leaving many viewers confused.
Meanwhile, Paula Abdul faced criticism from social media users after apparently lip-syncing her way through her pop classic Straight Up as she hit the stage for the Hollywood portion of the event, while rapper Post Malone landed on his butt after suffering a minor slip-up in the spotlight as he headlined the main show in New York.