Thursday, January 21, 2021

Kevin Hart Mocks NBC News After Mistaking Him for Usain Bolt in COVID-19 Article

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Kevin Hart is honored with a Hand and Footprint ceremony at the TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX on December 10, 2019 in Hollywood, California. (Source: Getty Images North America)

*Kevin Hart took to social media Tuesday to call out NBC News for using his photo on a story about Olympic gold medalist Usain Bolt.

Hart’s image appears on a Facebook post about the outlet’s coverage on Bolt testing positive for COVID-19. The headline read: “Usain Bolt, the fastest man alive, tests positive for coronavirus.”

The comedian responded by capturing a screenshot the article and mocking the outlet on social media.

“No comment. I must of gotten really fast & tall overnight….I want to take advantage of this moment & race anybody in the world,” he wrote alongside the photo. “Sh*t just got real. I am also no longer doing comedy due to my Olympic training schedule.”

Check out Hart’s post below. 

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 Hart went on to call the blunder “disrespectful.”

“P.S. This is disrespectful on so many levels,” he continued. “All you can do is laugh. Maybe the Covid 19 shrunk his legs & torso.”

NBC News later updated its Facebook post with a photo of the Jamaican sprinter.

“Correction: Due to a technical error, the social image on this post mistakenly featured a photo of comedian Kevin Hart,” the outlet wrote alongside the updated article. “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.”

Meanwhile, the eight-time Olympic gold medalist tested positive for COVID-19, a top Jamaican public health official confirmed Monday.

Bolt previously said on social media that he took a COVID-19 test on Saturday, one day after celebrating his 34th birthday.

“I’m trying to be responsible, so I’m going to stay in and stay away from my friends,” he said in the message posted Monday. “I’m having no symptoms (but) am going to quarantine myself.”

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Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is a screenwriter and freelance reporter from Chicago -- currently living in Los Angeles and covering A-list entertainment for various outlets, including Emmys.com. She has worked for: Miramax, MTV & VH1, The Jim Henson Company, Hallmark Channel, Paramount Pictures, and for iconic indie film producer Roger Corman.

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