ABC-TV apologized has apologized for a raunchy intro segment to this week’s “Monday Night Football” broadcast.
The apology was issued after receiving complaints from viewers and from the NFL, the Associated Press reported.
Eagles’ Terrell Owens tempted by actress Nicollette Sheridan during opening of ‘Monday Night Football’ (ABC-TV)
The news service reported the segment featured a naked actress, Nicollette Sheridan, jumping into the arms of the Philadelphia Eagles’ Terrell Owens. The Eagles played the Dallas Cowboys in Monday’s game.
The feature was meant to spoof the ABC’s hit show “Desperate Housewives.” Owens is seen in an empty locker room with Sheridan, who stars in the show, wearing only a towel.
According to the report, Sheridan provocatively asked Owens to skip the game for her. After she dropped her towel, he agreed to be late for the contest and hugged her.
The scene then pans out to two other stars of “Desperate Housewives,” Teri Hatcher and Felicity Huffman, who had been watching the scene on a monitor.
“We have heard from many of our viewers about last night’s MNF opening segment and we agree that the placement was inappropriate,” ABC said in a statement. “We apologize.”
AP reported the NFL called the intro “inappropriate and unsuitable for our ‘Monday Night Football’ audience.”
“While ABC may have gained attention for one of its other shows, the NFL and its fans lost,” NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said, according to the report.
A WND reader reported Sheridan was wearing a cross necklace in the scene.
“Tonight’s intro to the Dallas-Philly game was disgusting and deserving of FCC fines,” the reader wrote in an e-mail. “The scene itself was bad enough but showing the woman wearing a cross necklace was unbelievably insulting.”
The dialogue of the segment, courtesy of ABC, is as follows:
Terrell Owens: Hey.
Nicollette Sheridan: Hey there, Terrell.
TO: What are you doing here?
NS: My house burned down and I needed to take a long hot shower (she says seductively). So where are you off to looking so pretty?
TO: Baby, it’s “Monday Night Football,” game starts in 10 minutes.
NS: Oh you and your little games … I’ve got a game we can play (again seductively).
TO: Hey, this is major. We’ve got Parcells and the Cowboys … and Donovan needs me.
NS: What about my needs? What about Edie?
TO: Will you stop it … Just tell me what’s buried under that pool.
NS: You know I can’t tell you that.
TO: Then I’ve got a game to play.
NS: Terrell, wait … (drops towel)
TO: (Smiling) Aww, hell, the team’s going to have to win without me. (She jumps in his arms) – cut to “Desperate Housewives” co-stars Felicity Huffman and Teri Hatcher watching T.O. and N.S. on TV.
TH: Oh my god, who watches this trash; sex, lies, deception?
FH: And that woman … She’s just so … desperate.
TH: I know what we should watch. (She picks up remote and changes channel to “MNF.”)
TH and FH together: ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL?!