Fox News has apologized after using Patti LaBelle’s photo in a tribute to Aretha Franklin.
In their afternoon broadcast, honouring the late legend who died Thursday, the network used a photo of Franklin overtop of a photo of LaBelle.
“We sincerely apologize to Aretha Franklin’s family and friends,” Fox News said in a statement. “Our intention was to honour the icon using a secondary image of her performing with Patti LaBelle in the full-screen graphic, but the image of Ms. Franklin was obscured in that process, which we deeply regret.”
Fox’s mishap was caught by many viewers who noticed the photo of LaBelle was from 2014 when she performed “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” during the “Women of Soul: In Performance at the White House” special.
After Fox News’ issued its apology, Entertainment Weekly examined the photo in question, and did not see Franklin anywhere in that photo. Furthermore, the search was unable to see any photos in which LaBelle and Franklin pictured together.
“When contacted for further clarification on the photo and performance, Fox News directed EW to the AP photo used in the tribute, saying the caption ‘notes Aretha Franklin performed at the same event that night.’ Though the photo caption does indicate that Franklin, among several others, did perform that night, the legendary singer is not in the photo that Fox News specifically directed EW to — rather, the band and a backup singer are seen,” the magazine reports.
Fox News has yet to respond to a request for comment about the fact that LaBelle and Franklin were “neither on stage nor photographed together.”
Franklin died at the age of 76 after reports the “Queen Of Soul” was “gravely ill.” Franklin’s publicist Gwendolyn Quinn confirmed that she died on Thursday at 9:50 a.m. surrounded by her family and loved ones at her home in Detroit.