He cracked jokes to get through the moment and caused others in the cast to laugh at his mistake.
The ABC special Live in Front of a Studio Audience: Norman Lear’s ‘All in the Family’’ and ‘The Jeffersons’ aired this evening, and the show almost went off without a hitch—that is, until Jamie Foxx has a little mishap with his lines. The Jeffersons is a spin-off from All in the Family, so it was only fitting that the two classic sitcoms received a blended remake. The special starred Jamie Foxx as George Jefferson and Wanda Sykes as his wife Louise. Their neighbors Tom and Helen Willis, an interracial couple (the first featured on American primetime TV) were originally portrayed by Franklin Cover and Roxie Roker (Lenny Kravtiz’s mother). This time around, the character of Tom was played by Will Ferrell as he was joined by Kerry Washington as his wife.
During the live show, Foxx flubbed his lines and broke character for just a moment. He was speaking to Uncle Henry (Anthony Anderson) and was supposed to joke, “Ever since I was a little boy, I would always beg my mother for a little brother…but you know, we were broke, so all we could afford was you.” However, Foxx tripped over his tongue and instead spurted out, “It’s live!” Anderson, along with other members of the cast, began to laugh. “Everyone’s sitting at home thinking their TV’s just messed up.” The audience thought the moment was hilarious as they roared with laughter as Foxx did Sherman Hemsley’s signature walk in order to get himself back into character.
Watch the chuckle-worthy moment below.