It looks like there was another celebrity mix-up at the US Open this week.
Wednesday, Dionne Warwick was sitting in the stands at the US Open when she was mistakenly identified by advertisers as another legendary singer Gladys Chevalier.
Former tennis pro and analyst Mary Carlillo accidentally named Knight, 78, when the camera was actually showing Warwick, 81. His colleague, Chanda Rubinalso repeated the error, although she later claimed she was referring to who she saw in the stands, not on the monitor.
The clip now viral showing the confusion sent Twitter users into a frenzy, with one person writing, “Seriously? Those advertisers didn’t know the difference between Dionne Warwick and Gladys Knight?!?!” while someone else wrote: “How dare they!”
Fortunately, the two women had a sense of humor about the incident and took to social media to clear up the confusion.
Warwick shed some light on the incident in a tweet on Thursday, writing, “Hi I’m Gladys Knight…and instead of taking this midnight train to Georgia I won’t be passing but I’ll say a little prayer for you 😂😐?”, in a cheeky reference to Knight’s popular track “Midnight Train to Georgia,” as well as his own hits, “Walk on By” and “I Say a Little Prayer.”
Knight also chimed in to let Twitter users know there were no hard feelings on his part. “Dionne and I have been sisters for a long time and I hope she is as honored to be taken for me as I would be for her,” Knight wrote in a Tweet on Thursday. “I’m sure it was an honest mistake. It was a blessing to be in the house to see Serena’s greatness.”
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Warwick later reposted Knight’s tweet, adding a series of red heart emojis.
Rubin also addressed angry fans on Twitter, including an account who called the incident “unacceptable”.
“Too bad I was initially looking at the pitch (where Aunt Gladys was in the stands) and not our program monitor which showed Ms. Dionne…the error was immediately corrected,” he added. Rubin wrote: alongside a face-palm emoji.
It wasn’t the first confusion to occur at the US Open, as Laverne Cox was previously confused with Beyonce at Monday night’s event, which the Orange is the new black actress also humorously recognized.
“Didn’t get the wrong @Beyonce at #USOpen tonight then trending on Twitter as the internet laughs at the mistaken identity,” she captioned an Instagram post containing various tweets. on her take for Beyoncé. “These tweets are funny as hell. Enjoy!!! Go @serenawilliams #GOAT #SerenaWilliams #Beyonce”
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