The actress, 70, joined Eve Ensler on the show's sofa to discuss the 10th anniversary of the playwright's Vagina Monologues-inspired V-Day when she stunned viewers.
Asked how she got involved in V-Day and the play, where celebrities act out real-life domestic violence and rape scenarios, Fonda explained she wasn't keen on the whole idea at first.
She said, "I live in Georgia; I was asked to do a monologue called C**t and I said, 'I don't think so, I've got enough problems.'"
Fonda said she later saw the play and it "changed my life."
The expletive ran during the live broadcast on the East Coast. It was bleeped out for subsequent broadcasts.
Later in the show, interviewer/host Meredith Vieira apologized to viewers, stating, "We were talking about The Vagina Monologues and Jane Fonda inadvertently said a word from the play that you don't say on television.
"It was a slip and obviously she apologizes, and so do we. We would do nothing to offend the audience. So please accept that apology."
Since her first Vagina Monologues performance, Fonda has become a V-Day champion, travelling the world with Ensler and performing the Vagina Monologues in India, Palestine, Mexico and Jordan.
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