Jenna Fischer, famous actor lady and newly crowned sartorial heroine, popped up on national television this week wearing a bath towel for a top following what has been dubbed a "wardrobe malfunction."
The St. Louis native appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live! Monday night sporting a white towel and a pair of jeans. She came out with a flourish, holding aloft a maroon dress on a hanger as she made her way across the stage.
"So this was my outfit for tonight," she explains to a confused Kimmel, "and I waited a little too long to get dressed, and then my zipper broke. And I panicked."
Kimmel laughs, reassuring her that she "did the right thing." To which Fischer replies, "I am a Missouri girl, and the show must go on."
The line is met with tremendous applause from the studio audience — big crowd full of Missouri boosters that night, probably — while Kimmel quips that Missouri is the "Show Must Go On State," a riff on our official "show me" slogan.
“I am, mentally, a little freaking out that I’m on a talk show in a towel," Fischer explains. "But I’m physically very comfortable.”
Most of us here in Missouri will never have a wardrobe malfunction in the national spotlight, but the comfort of wearing towels as clothing even in public settings is something we can all agree on — in fact, while you can't see it, this reporter is clad in an assortment of flowing, colorful bath towels even as this story is being composed. They are warm but ventilated, and a step above the state's previous "exclusively tube socks" policy.
Meanwhile, the Blues got in on the act, offering Fischer a jersey, should she ever have this issue again:
Fischer is a true-blue Missourian, though, as she made very clear, and so it is a safe bet she will be declining their gracious offer.
Watch the clip from the show below:
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