WATCH: Lena Dunham Completely Derails a ‘Today’ Interview with Just One Word

Lena Dunham’s Today Show interview with Maria Shriver went from fine to cringeworthy in a matter of seconds after Dunham said the word “penis” on air.

Shriver kicked off the interview by telling Dunham that she had watched three episodes from the final season of Girls before meeting her. Dunham asked Shriver, “You saw a penis, right?” This sent the 61-year-old reporter into a downward spiral of awkward laughter.

“Well, I saw more than that,” Shriver replied. “You caught me there for a second. I’m not sure if you’re allowed to say that on television.”

Shriver even solicited Matt Lauer, who stood off-screen, to engage in emergency banter with them to try to alleviate the tension.

“See, that’s the difference between generations,” Shriver told Dunham. “I wasn’t brought up talking like that.”

“You said penis!” Dunham rebutted, thinking that she wasn’t on the air anymore when she very much was.

Watch the riveting conclusion of the interview in the video below.