When the Academy Award winner, 56, appeared on Good Morning America's October 19 broadcast, TV journalist Elizabeth Vargas asked him to speak using one of the accents he mastered for the upcoming film Cloud Atlas.
Realizing his gaffe, Hanks quickly covered his mouth and apologized. "I'm sorry," said the actor, married to Rita Wilson for 24 years. "I have never done that before. I want to apologize to the kids in America that are watching this right now, and let me say, next time on the show, there will be a seven-second delay."