Jenna Bush Hager Apologizes For ‘Hidden Fences’ Mistake At Golden Globes
Jenna Bush Hager apologized on Monday’s “Today” show for mixing up the titles of the films Hidden Figures and Fences on the red carpet of the 2017 Golden Globes. Watch the video below.
While interviewing Pharrell on the red carpet, who was nominated for composing the score of Hidden Figures, Hager accidentally referred to his movie as Hidden Fences, confusing it for the Denzel Washington film, Fences. Both films revolve around African American characters, which resulted in Twitter erupting with comments criticizing the newswoman for seemingly not knowing the difference between the two.
On Monday’s “Today” show, Hager apologized for the mistake and explained what happened. “I had an error in the night which I have to apologize for,” she said. “When I was interviewing the incomparable Pharrell, who I adore, I accidentally in the electricity of the red carpet, which I had never done, called Hidden Figures, Hidden Fences.” Hager went on to note that she does in fact know the difference between the films, adding, “I have seen both movies. I thought they were both brilliant. I interviewed cast from both of the movies.”
Hager continued, “If I offended people, I am deeply sorry. It was a mistake, because you all know I am not perfect. I am authentic, but a human and what I didn’t want to do is make anyone feel lesser than who they are. I apologize to both the cast and Pharrell, but it was a mistake and I hope we can all move on.” “Today” co-anchor Al Roker defended his colleague, telling her, “All of us who know you, know your heart and know that was a mistake.”
Roker went on to admonish Twitter users for bashing Hager, saying, “The fact is honest mistakes happen in live television, and this culture of Twitter and people waiting to pounce to get on people, it’s gotta stop… It’s just ridiculous.” Hager added, “I typically have a pretty thick skin… But to act as if I don’t care about people, really hurt.” Watch the full video below.
UPDATE: Shortly after the segment aired, Octavia Spencer, one of the stars of the film, tweeted to Hager, “We all make mistakes, hon! Thanks for your apology!” Pharrell also tweeted, “Don’t worry @JennaBushHager! Everyone makes mistakes. Hidden Fences does sound like an intriguing movie though. Just saying… ”
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) January 9, 2017