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Justin Timberlake On How 'SNL' Sketch Was Tried To Be Stopped

Timberlake said they shot the video "all day" on Friday, not getting done until 3 a.m. Saturday.

2020-04-09T18:00:00Z

Courtesy : GQ

Saturday Night Live! is unsurprisingly one of the most popular variety sketch series that has been going on for several years and has been home to some of the most popular celebrities. This has also resulted in some controversial moments and one involving Justin Timberlake was just like that.

The classic Saturday Night Live digital short "Dick in a Box" nearly didn't air when the Federal Communications Commission got wind of it, Justin Timberlake said. 

Sitting down for a Thursday episode of the popular YouTube series Hot Ones, the musician and actor talked about his five times hosting SNL, including a tale he said no one knew. 

Timberlake told host Sean Evans how the 2006 "Dick in a Box" video sketch evolved, starting with Lorne Michaels' idea for Timberlake to do a video with Andy Samberg. 

"We hit it off immediately," Timberlake said of the two.

Timberlake said they shot the video "all day" on Friday, not getting done until 3 a.m. Saturday. And then the FCC stepped in. "They said you can't say 'dick' on the air. And we were like, 'Oh, right.'"

After working with the FCC, the video sketch was allowed to air with 16 bleeps. 

"The irony of that," Timberlake said, "is that bleeped-out version I think is the funnier version." 

"Dick in a Box" on YouTube has more than 5.5 million views. 

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