Jenna Bush Hager Apologizes For Golden Globes ‘Hidden Fences’ Gaffe

Jenna Bush Hager Golden Globes

Jenna Bush Hager apologized on the Today show this morning for mistakenly referring to the film Hidden Figures as “Hidden Fences” during NBC’s red carpet Golden Globes pre-show.

The gaffe happened during an interview with Pharrell Williams, who scored the film and also was a producer. “So, you’re nominated for ‘Hidden Fences,’” Bush Hager began, confusing the period drama with Denzel Washington’s Fences and prompting a confused look from Williams. Both films revolve around African-American characters, which resulted in a Twitterverse explosion of comments criticizing the Today correspondent.

Hager apologized this morning. “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.” She went on to note she knows the difference between the films, saying: “I have seen both movies. I thought they were both brilliant. I interviewed cast from both of the movies.”

She 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 came to Hager’s defense. “All of us who know you, know your heart and know that was a mistake.”

But she wasn’t the only reason “Hidden Fences” was trending on Twitter last night: Michael Keaton made the same goof when announcing the nominees for supporting actress in a motion picture. The Oscar winner read Octavia Spencer’s name followed by the erroneous film title. Fittingly, Viola Davis won for Fences. Just Fences.

Here is a clip of her apology on Today:

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