“Yes, his scrotum falls out of his shorts,” confirms a spokesman for Nickelodeon. The rep adds that it’s a wonder no one saw the blooper in the first place.

By CeCe MacCartney  

Three’s Company was one of the most iconic and progressive sitcoms of the late 70s, early 80s. It starred John Ritter, Suzanne Somers and Joyce DeWitt as a trio of roommates united by a common lie: Jack Tripper, Ritter’s character, was pretending to be gay to get around the landlord’s rules on co-ed living.

The show snuck in all kinds of double entendres and dirty jokes, but it also snuck something else: a flash of John Ritter’s nude balls.

The early 80s were a prime time for short shorts on men, for some reason, and in episode 161 from the show’s final season, Ritter goes into his room to change but gets distracted by sounds coming through the wall.

For a split second, he sits in a weird split-legged manner that results in one of his balls popping out through the bottom of his shorts.

Here’s some video so you can check for yourself.

The episode aired in 1983, before the advent of screen caps and freeze-frames, so it wasn’t until 2001 that an eagle-eyed viewer spotted Jack’s junk and reported it to MSNBC’s Jeanette Walls.

It turned out that Ritter had been flashing viewers for 18 years worth of reruns.

More context and clearer video:

Nickelodeon, which was airing Three’s Company as part of its Nick at Nite block, even released a statement saying “yes, his scrotum falls out of his shorts.”

Ritter had the final say on the matter when, two years before his death in 2003, the New York Observer asked him about the scene. “I’ve requested that they air both versions, edited and unedited,” he explained. “Because sometimes you feel like a nut, and sometimes you don’t.”

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