This actually happened on daytime television on a major broadcast network…and it wasn’t April Fools’ Day or Halloween.

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Image: YouTube.com

Monday, in the closing segment of the ABC-TV show, The View, Jenny McCarthy and Sherri Shepherd surprised viewers by turning a discussion of body image and actress Lena Dunham’s frequent nudity on the HBO series “Girls” into a “naked stunt” of their own.

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It started out innocently enough with McCarthy and Shepherd introducing a clip from “Girls” where Dunham’s character strips on camera.

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However, when they returned from the clip (about :30), both hosts were topless in front of the live audience, with electronically inserted black boxes to block their “naked” bodies from the TV cameras.

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Image: YouTube.com

As the audience cheered and applauded, Shepherd admitted, “Ya know, Lena gets press every week for being naked.” She continued, “We’re jumping on the bandwagon.” McCarthy thanked the audience for watching and hoped they all “take a little time to enjoy our view.”

Watch the video here.

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