When a seemingly innocent question was posed by "Family Feud" host Steve Harvey
to a pastor's wife, the question and the resulting answer took the family-oriented television program into uncharted risque territory.
"Name something you put in your mouth but don't swallow," Harvey challenged to the contestants.
The competing families buzzed in, and the top answer stated was gum.
However, when Harvey approached the line of women playing for the Forsythe family, the question took on an immediately sexual overtone.
"I want you to think about this show and all the years it's aired and how many families have enjoyed this wonderful form of Christian entertainment," Harvey said. "So, find a way to give me your answer and keep it where we can all be working when you're done."
"You know it's up there, Steve," she said, insisting sperm was the answer.
has been walking this line for some time, recently asking questions like, "If someone's in the bathroom longer than 5 minutes, name something they might be doing," a question that elicited the answer from a young female Sunday school teacher: "Playing with yourself."
It was unclear if the long-running show's advertisers have been expressing concern or alarm over these developments, as the show airs during daytime family-oriented hours.
But to the question of what the pastor's wife perceived to be the answer on what would be put in one's mouth that would not be swallowed, she found that her reply was not among the top 7 answers cited on the board above the "Family Feud" stage.