Jenna Bush Hager Apologizes for ‘Hidden Fences’ Golden Globes Mistake
Sunday night at the 2017 Golden Globes, Jenna Bush Hager referred to Hidden Figures as “Hidden Fences” — a composite of Hidden Figures and Fences — during a red carpet interview with Pharrell Williams.
This snafu elicited criticism from the internet due to the fact that both films focus on stories about African American figures during the Civil Rights Movement. Williams also released a not-so-subtle side-eye after Bush Hager made the mistake. So, on Monday (Jan. 9, 2017), Bush Hager issued an apology for the blunder on the Today Show.
“I had an error in the night, which I have to apologize for,” said Bush Hager on Today. “When I was interviewing the incomparable Pharrell, who I adore, I accidentally — in the electricity of the red carpet, which I’ve never done one before — called Hidden Figures ‘Hidden Fences.’ I have seen both movies, thought they were both brilliant. I’ve interviewed casts for both of the movies and if I offended people I am deeply sorry.”
Bush Hager continued, “It was a mistake because ya’ll know I’m not perfect. I am authentic, but a human. And what I didn’t want to do is make anyone lesser than who they are. I apologize to both the cast, to Pharrell but it was a mistake and I hope we can move on.”
Al Roker stood by Bush Hager’s side. “We’ve all been in live situations and you make a mistake,” said Roker. “Honest mistakes happen in live television and this culture of Twitter and waiting to pounce and get on people, it’s got to stop. It’s got to stop somewhere because it’s pretty ridiculous.”
Roker also called out New York Times reporter David Itzkoff for spreading the clip online. “For the New York Times to pile on and repeat these tweets, it’s a cheap shot,” said Roker.
Michael Keaton made the same “Hidden Fences” mistake when he listed the nominees for Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture.
Watch Bush Hager’s apology in the video below.
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) January 9, 2017