Kevin Hart ran to Instagram to clap back after being mistaken for “the fastest man alive” Usain Bolt by NBC recently.
The Olympic Gold medalist recently made news for confirming he’d contracted COVID-19, but when NBC News ran the story they mistakenly used Hart’s photo along the headline.
Once the report landed on the desk of the comic he took to social media to respond.
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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….Shit just got real. I am also no longer doing comedy due to my Olympic training schedule….IM BACK BITCHES!!!!!! 🏃🏾♂️🏃🏾♂️🏃🏾♂️🏃🏾♂️🏃🏾♂️🏃🏾♂️🏃🏾♂️🏃🏾♂️🏃🏾♂️🏃🏾♂️ P.S this is Disrespectful on so many levels….All you can do is laugh. Maybe the Covid 19 shrunk his legs & torso 🤷🏾♂️🤷🏾♂️🤷🏾♂️🤦🏾♂️🤦🏾♂️🤦🏾♂️😂😂😂
“No comment,” he wrote sarcastically. “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….Shit just got real. I am also no longer doing comedy due to my Olympic training schedule….IM BACK BITCHES!!!!!!”
Later in the post, he followed with:
“This is disrespectful on so many levels…all you can do is laugh. Maybe the Covid-19 shrunk his leg and torso.”
On Wednesday (August 26), NBC News lent an apology for the snafu.
“Very sorry about that,” NBC News’ public relations department tweeted after Hart called the gaffe “disrespectful on so many levels.”
After the apology, the network updated article in question with a statement that reads:
“A previous version of this article included an incorrect photo on some platforms due to a technical problem. The photo depicted actor Kevin Hart. It has been replaced with a photo of Usain Bolt.”
“In the content management system, a social image was not selected, and the system reverted to an image of Hart from an unrelated video. The display image has been corrected,” NBC News wrote on its official Facebook page.
As of time reported, Hart nor Bolt have responded to the network’s apology.