NBC is in hot water after they mistook Kevin Hart for Usain Bolt in a coronavirus story. Now, both NBC and Kevin Hart have responded...
For those who don't know...
via: Getty ImagesIconic athlete Usain Bolt recently tested positive for coronavirus.
But, people are far from happy with NBC when reporting on the matter.
via: Getty ImagesThe network made quite a serious mistake this week, and fans viewers were less than impressed.
The network somehow mistook Kevin Hart for Usain Bolt.
via: Getty ImagesYep, you read that correctly.
Celebrities even began to weigh on the issue.
via: Getty ImagesNot to mention the fact that Kevin Hart himself has now spoken up. Yikes.
Comedian and actor Kevin Hart came to fame as a stand-up comic.
via: Getty ImagesThe star began working as a stand-up comedian shortly after graduating from high school, eventually moving on to bigger clubs in New York and Los Angeles.
In 2009 he released his first stand-up album...
via: Getty ImagesAnd, just 2 years later he went on his Laugh at My Pain tour which grossed a staggering fifteen million dollars.
The tour saw a sharp turning point in his career.
via: Getty ImagesAnd saw him transform into a fully-fledged star.
Since then, he's gone on to become a Hollywood success.
via: Getty ImagesDuring his career, he has spanned a plethora of movies, including Paper Soldiers (2002), The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2004), Soul Plane (2004), Little Fockers (2010), to name a few.
He's no stranger to the small screen either.
via: Getty ImagesFor instance, in 2012 he hosted the MTV Music Awards, and during that time, he also landed a role on the ABC comedy Modern Family.
That's not all...
via: Getty ImagesHe has also appeared on series including Real Husbands of Hollywood and Workaholics.
But, in 2019, he made headlines for a very different reason.
The crash happened in Hart's vintage 1970 Plymouth Barracuda...
Though on the fateful night, Hart wasn't actually driving his car.
Hart was in the passenger seat of his vehicle.
via: Getty ImagesWhile Black’s fiance, Rebecca Broxterman, thirty-one and a personal trainer, was sat in the back.
Jared Black lost control of the vehicle.
Skid marks on Mulholland where Kevin Hart’s car went thru fence/down ravine. He & driver injured/hospitalized. Othe… https://t.co/V2rToVKo1g— Greg Mills (@Greg Mills)1567372914.0
Pictures of the scene quickly emerged...
This is where @KevinHart4real’s car went off the road into a ditch in Calabasas. The comedian turned actor was not… https://t.co/3HTgWR1oQl— Carlos Saucedo (@Carlos Saucedo)1567399017.0
The damages to Hart's car were devastating, and quite simply shocking.
BUZZ BITES: @KevinHart4real Car Crash! Police have confirmed Kevin was not driving at the time of the accident. The… https://t.co/GP7yvUFnV0— BUZZ (@BUZZ)1567366700.0
The passengers were left trapped in the smashed-up vehicle.
via: Getty ImagesAnd Hart was the first to emerge from the vehicle in the search for medical attention and help. He was then picked up by a member of his security team before being taken to the hospital.
However, Jared Black was found pinned to his seat.
via: TwitterAnd the fire department had to saw off the roof to get him out. He was then reportedly airlifted to UCLA Westwood hospital. Luckily, his fiance escaped with minor injuries.
Both Hart and Black suffered “major" back injuries as a result of the accident, police reported.
The surgery was a success.
It's safe to say its been a whirlwind year for the star.
via: Getty ImagesBut this week, he has once again hit the headlines... but not for the reasons you might expect.
It's all thanks to NBC.
via: Getty ImagesThe network ran a coronavirus story in which they placed a picture of Hart in the article instead of Usain Bolt - whom the story was actually about.
Yep, really."Usain Bolt, the fastest man alive, tests positive for coronavirus" the headline read. But, the picture used was actually of Kevin Hart on the red carpet of the Jumanji premiere, not the legendary olympian.
NBC News blamed the mistake on a "technical error" in its social media content management system.
via: Getty Images“In the content management system, a social image was not selected, and the system reverted to an image of Hart from an unrelated video," a statement read.
Nevertheless, the network instantly received backlash after several readers notice the error.
via: Getty ImagesThe mistake even caught the attention of several celebrities including Kenny Hamilton, who wrote: "It’s crazy this s--t keeps happening to US. All we can do is laugh 😂😂."
And now, Kevin Hart himself has spoken out.
via: Getty ImagesAnd he's not a happy bunny.
The star reposted a screenshot of the article to his Instagram.
via: Getty Images"No comment 🤦🏾♂️🤦🏾♂️🤦🏾♂️🤦🏾♂️.....I must of gotten really fast & tall overnight....I want to take advantage of this moment & race anybody in the world. We can bet whatever....S--t just got real," he began.
via: Getty Images"I am also no longer doing comedy due to my Olympic training schedule....IM BACK B***HES!!!!!!"|
He then concluded by saying the mistake was "disrespectful on all levels."
via: Getty Images"P.S this is Disrespectful on so many levels....All you can do is laugh. Maybe the COVID 19 shrunk his legs & torso."