Toni Collette swears in front of children on Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway

The Hollywood star dropped a four letter word as she played charades with a family to win them a holiday.

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Cast member Toni Collette arrives for the special presentation of
Toni Collette swore during Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway. (Reuters)

Toni Collette swore live on air while playing a game with young children on Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway.

The Hollywood star was the Guest Announcer on the latest episode of the ITV family entertainment show and was tasked with guessing film titles acted out by families from their homes in game segment Saturday Night At The Movies.

Collette, 50, struggled to guess the title within the time limit as the Wilkinson family from Colchester attempted to act out the movie Dodgeball by wearing sweat bands and throwing red balls at one another.

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She exclaimed: "Oh no I'm going to lose for them! S**t! Nobody help me."

As the audience gasped she then looked confused and asked: "What?!"

Hosts Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly told her, "You swore."

She then correctly guessed the film and the show quickly moved on to the next family.

The Australian actor - star of About A Boy, Muriel's Wedding, Little Miss Sunshine and The Sixth Sense - later said: "God, I wish my kids were here, they'd love this."

Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway. (ITV)
Ant and Dec had to apologise for the bad language on Saturday Night Takeaway. (ITV)

Collette has two sons 14-year-old daughter Sage Florence and 11-year-old Arlo Robert with her estranged husband Dave Galafassi. They announced they were divorcing amicably in December 2022.

After the commercial break hosts McPartlin and Donnelly apologised for the use of the swear word during the game saying, "Hope it didn't spoil it for you."

Going live to the home of another contestant they said: "Please don't swear. We've already had one tonight. We don't want another one."

Toni Collette attends The Academy Celebrates
Toni Collette felt under pressure to help the family win a holiday. (Getty Images)

The expletive was broadcast at around 7.20pm. The watershed for bad language is 9pm and broadcasters must pay fines to regulator Ofcom if swear words are aired before this time.

The first episode of the latest series of Saturday Night Takeaway was hit with complaints over a segment that saw a prank being played on a dad-to-be.

The prank saw the hosts secretly playing a long-running trick on a man named Liam in the months leading up to his son Finley's birth.

The joke, which the stars pulled off along with Liam's partner Amy, included scenes that showed the first time dad at a baby scan being fooled into thinking his baby was waving at him and dancing on screen.

Winners of the Entertainment Programme award for Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway, Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donnelly pose in the winners room at the Virgin Media British Academy Television Awards at The Royal Festival Hall on May 08, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway is an award-winning family entertainment show. (ITV)

However, while many viewers were tickled, Ofcom has now confirmed that 111 people complained about the episode.

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And the broadcasting watchdog confirmed to Yahoo that the complaints related to the prank.

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