Zooey Deschanel Receives Apology After Boston Manhunt Closed Captioning Fail

The “New Girl” star was mistakenly identified as the bombing suspect during last week’s manhunt.

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A closed captioning company that misidentified Zooey Deschanel as one of the Boston bombing suspects on live television last week has issued an apology to the actress.

Kala J. Patternson, the president of Kansas-based Caption Solutions says the company “deeply” regrets the incident and “sincerely apologize for this error.” [via The New York Post]

The apology comes just days after Deschanel’s name was entered into a caption as Dallas-Fort Worth’s Fox 4 channel aired the latest on the hunt for bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

“He is 19-year-old Zooey Deschanel,” the closed captioning bar read, alongside a photo of Tsarnaev. The error was caught by journalist Peter Ogburn, among other viewers, who then shared the screenshot on Twitter and beyond.

Deschanel also commented on the mistake later that night.

“Whoa! Epic closed captioning FAIL!” she wrote in response to a retweet by actor Joel McHale.

 

Tsarnaev, who was arrested on Apr. 19, has since been charged with use of a weapon of mass destruction and malicious destruction of property resulting in a death. He could face the death penalty or life in prison.

 

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