Jenna Bush Hager faced harsh backlash online after incorrectly congratulating Pharrell Williams for his work on "Hidden Fences" instead of "Hidden Figures."
Viewers were quick to point out that Bush Hager, who was covering her first ever red carpet, had mistakenly combined the titles of "Hidden Figures" and "Fences," two films that star prominent Black actors.
On the "Today Show" this morning, Bush Hager owned up to her mistake and said that she was "deeply sorry" for the mix-up, noting that the crazed atmosphere on the red carpet may have contributed to her mistake.
"It was a mistake, because ya'll know I'm not perfect," she said. "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."
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After taking ownership of the gaffe, Bush Hager was tweeted at by one of the stars of "Hidden Figures," Academy Award-winner Octavia Spencer.
"We all make mistakes, hon!" the actress tweeted. "Thanks for your apology!"
— Jenna Bush Hager (@JennaBushHager) January 9, 2017
The classy move was met with gratitude from Bush Hager, who responded soon thereafter. "Dearest @octaviaspencer," she wrote. "Your kindness means so much to me + your compassion is matched only by your incredible talent in Hidden FIGURES! X"
Though there's no word so far from the film's other stars, here's to hoping that Spencer and Bush Hager's cordial exchange ends this controversy here and now.
UPDATE: Pharrell Williams, who Jenna Bush Hager was interviewing when she made her "Hidden Fences" blunder, also accepted her apology on Monday afternoon, tweeting: "Don't worry @JennaBushHager! Everyone makes mistakes. Hidden Fences does sound like an intriguing movie though. Just saying..."
Don't worry @JennaBushHager!Everyone makes mistakes. Hidden Fences does sound like an intriguing movie though. Just saying... 😂😘❤
— Pharrell Williams (@Pharrell) January 9, 2017
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