A scene from "Gossip Girl" went viral on TikTok for a wardrobe malfunction.
In a scene from 2012, Blake Lively can be seen wearing sweatpants beneath a body-con dress.
It's not the first time this particular TV blooper has generated millions of views.
A scene from "Gossip Girl" is going viral on TikTok after a viewer spotted Blake Lively, who played protagonist Serena van der Woodsen, wearing a pair of exceedingly low sweatpants beneath a body-con dress, and uploaded the moment to TikTok.
In the clip, posted January 23, a user named Blair Waverly shared a snippet of a scene from season six, episode four of the series. It shows Lively in a brief interaction with Michelle Trachtenberg, who played antagonist Georgina Sparks in the show.
As the camera panned from Lively's upper body to briefly including her legs in the shot, a pair of grey sweatpants pulled down under her dress came into view for about five seconds.
The TikTok, which included the on-screen caption, "Gossip Girl was so real for letting the whole cast wear sweats and Uggs just out of frame," went viral — it has been viewed more than 6.4 million times and received hundreds of comments from fans of the show who spotted the detail for the first time.
"It's giving zoom call outfit," Waverly joked.
"They got real lazy during that last season lol," another wrote.
"I THOUGHT THAT WAS THEIR FASHION," commented one viewer, with another reiterating the sentiment: "Honestly the 2000s was such a fashion hellscape, I saw this and didn't even bat an eye."
Some appreciated how accidentally on-brand the slip-up was, saying "Serena would actually do this." Van der Woodsen was crowned the show's "biggest risk-taker" in fashion by personal stylists interviewed by Insider in 2019.
Viewers have guessed the sweatpants were for comfort, while others speculated that Lively had ripped her dress, though Waverly noted it would be a mistake regardless of the cause for the drawstring pants to have made it into the final cut.
As commenters pointed out, it's not an uncommon practice in television production to allow actors to wear comfortable clothing out of frame — but those items are meant to be edited out before an episode airs.
"Every show does this. The actors are there for about 11 hours a day," TikToker Alicia Van Doren wrote. "It's the standard."
In a November 2019 episode of the podcast "Office Ladies" — which sees "The Office" costars Jenna Fischer and Angela Kinsey rewatch the show — Fischer, who played receptionist Pam Beesly, told listeners the same practice was used on the set of the Emmy-award-winning hit, and the crew made comfort requests like putting a moratorium on control-top pantyhose because of their 12-hour workdays.
"Sometimes, if I was only seated behind the reception desk," Fischer said, "I only dressed the top half of Pam and the bottom half was Uggs and sweatpants."
It's not the first time "Gossip Girl" — a teen drama centered on "the scandalous lives of Manhattan's elite" that aired from 2007 to 2012 — has gone viral for its bloopers, including in this particular scene.
Angles of the same scene uploaded by a TikToker in 2020 show Lively making a dramatic exit wearing the same dress with bare legs — before cutting to the clip showing the sweatpants. (The 2020 video racked up 8.8 million views).
The original "Gossip Girl," is based on a series of the same name by author Cecily von Ziegesar. A reboot, created by Joshua Safran — an executive producer and writer for the original — failed to capture the fanfare and devotion of the original, potentially due to a "premise that made no sense in 2021," as then-social media fellow Kara Schindler put it in an Insider opinion piece.
Five days before the 11-year-old clip of Lively's sweatpants blooper made its viral rounds on the internet again, Safran announced via Instagram post that the sequel was canceled. The finale aired on January 26.
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