ABC Network apologizes after mistaking Takeoff for Quavo in its end-of-the-year special.
On Monday, ABC premiered its #TheYear special which included an “In Memoriam” segment. The segment was hosted by Robin Roberts and honored individuals from the entertainment industry who passed away this year.
The late rapper, Takeoff, was featured in the segment but ABC mistakenly posted a photo of his fellow Migos bandmate, Quavo.
Bruh tell me why abc used this picture for the in memoriam for takeoff pic.twitter.com/a3A42gckX5
— Dats Me (@KoolerThanKen) December 27, 2022
The mix-up angered many social media users who called out the network for being disrespectful and ignorant.
“So I’m watching #TheYear on ABC and was caught off guard by the disrespect and ignorance of the programming. All black people don’t look the same and y’all got this one wrong, the person is the picture is clearly, clearly @Quavonyrn do better,” one Twitter user wrote.
However, hours later, ABC addressed the mishap, apologized for the “unfortunate error” and said it has been corrected.
“We apologize for the unfortunate error in a previous version of ‘The Year: 2022.’ It has been corrected,” ABC News Studios tweeted.
We apologize for the unfortunate error in a previous version of ‘The Year: 2022.’ It has been corrected: https://t.co/MOwJXc40pS
— ABC News Studios (@abcnewsstudios) December 27, 2022
Nevertheless, the program highlighted other celebrities that unfortunately lost their lives in 2022. The list included notable figures such as comedian Gilbert Gottfried and Leslie Jordan, Queen Elizabeth II, actress Estelle Costanza, 2019 Miss USA, fashion icon André Leon Talley and many more.