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Rocker Lets F-Word Slip on 'Tonight Show'

Los Angeles – NBC hasn’t received any calls about the F-word that Motley Crue rocker Vince Neil dropped during the live New Year’s Eve broadcast of “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno.”

“Happy f–ing New Year, Tommy!” Neil said to bandmate Tommy Lee shortly after midnight Friday.

The remark was carried to viewers on the East Coast but was edited out before it was broadcast in the West, according to the entertainment trade paper Variety, which reported the incident on its Web site Monday night.

Leno normally tapes his show for broadcast later in the evening but does a live version for New Year’s Eve. He had never a problem with profanities before, although the word has slipped out from time to time on other programs.

“The network has not received any calls regarding the incident,” an NBC official, who asked not be identified, said Monday.

U2 lead singer Bono used the F-word at last year’s Golden Globe Awards, which was also broadcast live by NBC. The network has said it will put this year’s broadcast on a 10-second delay.

The Federal Communications Commission, in a ruling issued last March, said the word should never be used on over-the-air radio or television programs. FCC officials said at the time they had received hundreds of complaints from Golden Globes viewers.

Networks have been more cautious about material they air after singer Janet Jackson’s Super Bowl performance last year Jackson was near the end of a Feb. 1 halftime duet with Justin Timberlake when Timberlake snatched off part of her bustier on stage, revealing one of her breasts, which was covered with only a sun-shaped “nipple shield.” Those involved blamed the exposure on a “wardrobe malfunction.”

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