E! News doesn't have the greatest track record when it comes to recognizing and respecting Black Hollywood, and the addition of a new Black host, Sibley Scoles, doesn't seem to have helped matters much.
During her red carpet coverage of the Primetime Emmy Awards last night, Scoles blatantly called veteran actress and Black-ish star Jenifer Lewis by the wrong name — Wanda Sykes, to be exact — to her face, and then looked positively mortified by her on-air mistake. She's getting roasted on Twitter for the gaffe, which was caught in its entirety on tape.
See how it went down, and Jenifer's priceless reaction, below:
Twitter was quick to point out the mistake:
@Sib_Vicious then how in the hell do you not know who Jennifer Lewis is? She's a legend! A Black legend!!! 🙄— Darling Nikki ✨ (@MissNikkiStar) September 19, 2016
Scoles hopped on Twitter soon after to offer up her apologies:
Omg I'll be honest .. i thought it was wonda from her voice ... then I looked and wanted to hide in a cave— SIBLEY SCOLES (@Sib_Vicious) September 19, 2016
I am dying inside & out! Never speaking again! HAHAHAHA— SIBLEY SCOLES (@Sib_Vicious) September 19, 2016
I've been called Amber Rose a million times and it kills me! So that hurt me inside— SIBLEY SCOLES (@Sib_Vicious) September 19, 2016
To make matters worse, it's the second time Scoles had made a similar mistake in less than 12 hours. The day before, she confused Tupac Shakur's death anniversary with his birthday:
I messed up and I am so sorry. As a person & emcee. I meant his passing on September 13.— SIBLEY SCOLES (@Sib_Vicious) September 19, 2016
Please forgive me. And know that was a mistake on my part! ❤️🙏🏽— SIBLEY SCOLES (@Sib_Vicious) September 19, 2016
Sounds like Sibley Scoles has one more strike, or she's out — at least as far as Black Twitter is concerned.
Catch up with Jenifer Lewis — correctly identified — in our throwback red carpet video from the Urbanworld Film Festival, above.
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