A Brief History of Accidental Nudity on Live Television

Robert Opel at the 1974 Oscars

Air date: April 2, 1974

At the Academy Awards in 1974, David Niven had a typical Oscar-night job: Stand there in his tuxedo and in his foppish way introduce Elizabeth Taylor, who hadn't made a decent movie in seven years. It was, in other words, the perfect time to leave the room for nature's call. But those who remained watching on the couch were treated to the sight of Robert Opel streaking across the stage flashing a peace sign along with his bits and pieces.

Niven proved himself sort of a badass when he turned to the audience and ad-libbed, "Well, ladies and gentlemen, that was almost bound to happen. But isn't it fascinating to think that probably the only laugh that man will ever get in his life is by stripping off and showing his shortcomings?" Long live The Niv!

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