Zooey Deschanel gets an apology for being wrongfully ID'd
April 25th, 2013
04:11 PM ET

Zooey Deschanel gets an apology for being wrongfully ID'd

In the middle of the Boston Marathon bombing coverage last Friday, a closed captioning mistake added "New Girl" star Zooey Deschanel to the conversation.

Those who were watching Dallas-Fort Worth's Fox affiliate, KDFW, on Friday might've caught the closed captioning mishap. Although the screen was showing a picture of bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the caption identified him as "19-year-old Zooey Deschanel."

A photo of the mistake was posted to Twitter, where it was picked up by "Community's" Joel McHale and, soon, Deschanel.

"Whoa! Epic closed captioning FAIL!" the 33-year-old tweeted when she saw the caption.

According to the New York Post, the TV captioning service Caption Solutions has offered the actress a formal apology. President Kala J. Patterson said in a statement that they "deeply" regret and "sincerely apologize for this error."

Filed under: Celebrities

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  1. mjr

    zooey deschanel and emily deschanel are beautifuls girls and great artists.

    May 19, 2013 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Zooey is a better person then she is.


    April 29, 2013 at 5:31 am | Report abuse |
  3. the Age and The Placement

    Doesn't seem to bother Al....

    April 29, 2013 at 5:26 am | Report abuse |
  4. DIDN'T SLEEP WITH AL O...you need too grow up


    April 28, 2013 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
  5. TwitterTextFrom W

    she is a not talent and we do not need to give her any attention

    April 26, 2013 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
  6. FoldingMovie

    4 job gigs....amazing...

    April 26, 2013 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Sokman

    So if you have a typo, its an innocent mistake, but some close-caption commentator has a typo & Fox needs taken off the air? Hypocritically Pathetic. Not only do you suck, you totally swallow. Pathetic

    April 26, 2013 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Tears were fake hoe

    i win.

    April 26, 2013 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Jeff

    I am surprised that Jahar isn't suing the network over this. After all, he is the one that was "falsely ID'd"..... Not her.

    April 26, 2013 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  10. thefog627

    The problem IS NOT the marathon bombing reference. It is with the AGE and the PLACEMENT. This captioning was supposed to appear on an Entertainment segment discussing her long run of bad acting. 🙂

    April 26, 2013 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Meh

    She looks a bit....ummmm..."touched" in that picture....should we check again?

    April 26, 2013 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
  12. Mick

    Can everyone over the age of 20 please stop using the words "Epic" & "Fail" in the context they are being used in.

    April 26, 2013 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
  13. MilitaryAF

    I don't see the issue. This was as accurate as the rest of FAUX news always is.

    April 26, 2013 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Trent, the friendly dragon

      I'm surprised Fox owned up to it at all.

      If history tells us anything, their normal course of action would be to leak all this to Rush, Hannity, and Levin and let them accuse her also. Later, they would blame the whole affair on the "mainstream media" and Obama.

      April 26, 2013 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
    • Trent, the friendly dragon

      Maybe it what an honest mistake on the part the closed-captioning device.

      After all, Zooey Deschanel is SMOKING HOT and she makes a part of me want to EXPLODE.

      April 26, 2013 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
  14. T

    I see mistakes on the closed captioning on tv every once in a while but try the CC on the computer ?
    Complete junk....
    It comes out total gibberish every single time I apply it whenever I see a video and press "CC" option – whoever made this available on the 'net needs to work on it a little more....

    April 26, 2013 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
    • Tim

      That's because with the TV, there's someone actually typing it out. The online stuff is primitive speech to text technology.

      April 26, 2013 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
  15. James PDX

    I always thought Zooey was the bomb – not the bomber.

    April 26, 2013 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
  16. dotheflippin'math

    This is what happens when you use SIRI instead of typing it in. Still, I may want to bring Zoey in for some questioning, and perhaps, a strip-search. You know, for the safety of the nation, or something. You can't be too careful. That laugh of hers is a deadly weapon.

    April 26, 2013 at 9:17 am | Report abuse |
  17. rad666

    Easy mistake.

    Like the Latino women shot by police that were looking for Dorner.

    They looked like him.

    April 26, 2013 at 9:17 am | Report abuse |
    • James T. Taylor

      GOsh Cameron Diaz is a Latina woman and she sure didnt look like him. Most Latins I know are white. Unless you are calling the brown Mexicans Native American Indians, like George Lopez, Latinos who just happen to speak Spanish since they were conquered over 500 yrs ago by the Spaniards, think Marc and Pau Gasol, RIcky Rubio and F1 champ Fernando Alonso, when they ruled the world.

      April 26, 2013 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
  18. WDRussell

    That is actually close, for FOX standards.

    April 26, 2013 at 9:14 am | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      Fox Channel home to that atrociously awful Glee.

      April 26, 2013 at 9:34 am | Report abuse |
    • Ralph

      I think you need to spend a little more time reading the article before commenting you sheeple. Fox News doesn't do their own closed captioning like all major outlets. They contract it out to a third party, who probably contracts it out to a third world country. They screw up all the time.. just someone caught it this time because it was important news.. Tell me you closely read captions on your TV program. It is truly horrible if you do.. spelling is atrocious, and words and names are totally misspelt and the wrong words are frequently used because they sound the same, even though they nowhere near mean the same like allocate instead of eloquent.

      April 26, 2013 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
  19. Hugh Jass

    Oh, the study hall kids are here again. Teacher took your phones, eh? Awwww, so sad. Get lives.

    April 26, 2013 at 8:35 am | Report abuse |
  20. Hugh Jass

    Man, this has absolutely depressed the FOXbots. They are so used to taking FOX as revealed truth from God that they will probably just go on calling her the Marathon Bomber for years rather than admit it was a typo.

    April 26, 2013 at 8:34 am | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      It is NOT Fox News but Fox Channel. Goodness people are stupid around here. But you are right about how dumb Fox Channel is as it is home to Family Guy and Glee.

      April 26, 2013 at 9:32 am | Report abuse |
  21. tazz

    Who is she again?

    April 26, 2013 at 8:30 am | Report abuse |
  22. Tell the Truth---Are You A hacker--

    i always tell the truth...can you

    April 26, 2013 at 8:27 am | Report abuse |
  23. digitalclips

    But ... but ... It was Fox News ... They have fought in court and won the right to lie on the news!

    April 26, 2013 at 8:24 am | Report abuse |
    • Hugh Jass

      Correct. There is no law against poorly or wrongly reporting the news. You can be sued for passing false info, though. FOX is owned by rich Saudis so it's hard to sue them.

      April 26, 2013 at 8:37 am | Report abuse |
    • Ralph1432

      CNN would like you to believe that Fox News is at fault, over a caption that was typed up by a contractor working for Fox News. You should try looking at CNN or MSNBC once in a while, if you think they report accurate information. But wait, I bet you do, and believe it is the gospel truth because you are an Obama sheeple!

      April 26, 2013 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
  24. she worked like a dog for that mil....

    is that an issue.....your girlsfriends express 24 hours a day that they are rich...go talk to them

    April 26, 2013 at 8:21 am | Report abuse |
  25. mukk

    Zooey should sue and get a million bucks and give it to charity – it's the right thing to do...

    April 26, 2013 at 8:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Ralph1432

      She should.. the poor contractor would most certainly go out of business, because someone he hired probably from a third world country couldn't type, or was reading up about Zooey. That would cause a trigger effect,and cause several third world country employees to lose their well paying jobs, which in turn would put their whole families in poverty.. all because Zooey wanted a million bucks.. but guess what? She loves the publicity she can get from this, because everyone knows that photo is not Zooey, but guess what? You've talked about her, and now, you know her a bit more than you ever did.

      April 26, 2013 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
  26. you have plenty of girlfriends Al is the bud winner

    April 26, 2013 at 8:14 am | Report abuse |
  27. My D is huge

    Wanna bet, troll?

    April 26, 2013 at 8:13 am | Report abuse |
  28. Pablo

    How can someone make a mistake as grossly erroneous as this one?

    April 26, 2013 at 8:09 am | Report abuse |
    • mukk

      George Bush is moonlighting...

      April 26, 2013 at 8:18 am | Report abuse |
    • IndyReporter

      It was a mistake by the captioner. They have abbreviations for people's names. She hit the wrong key on her steno keyboard and the wrong name came out. These captioners have to write at 200+ words per minute. One little mistake can spit out the wrong word or name. It was an honest mistake. I'm sure he/she didn't intend to put this actress' name on the screen at that time. The bomber's name was not in her database yet because it had just been released, so it came up as something else. It happens.

      April 26, 2013 at 9:12 am | Report abuse |


    April 26, 2013 at 8:05 am | Report abuse |
  30. Derek

    I am PRETTY sure she wasn't upset with her sense of humor...

    April 26, 2013 at 7:16 am | Report abuse |
  31. sburns54

    I STILL think she should be taken into custody and searched, as long as I can be the one doing it.

    April 26, 2013 at 7:13 am | Report abuse |
  32. Person

    Now we're making companies just for captioning services?

    April 26, 2013 at 6:31 am | Report abuse |
    • RA Girl

      If you were deaf or hard of hearing you would understand. Too bad you have little empathy for those that are.

      April 26, 2013 at 7:20 am | Report abuse |
    • condition one

      OR, the more plausible explanation, that being he simply didn't know. Get over yourself, spazz. Don't be stupid.

      April 26, 2013 at 7:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Mukk

      "We" (they) are "making" companies to hire "captioning services" companies...

      April 26, 2013 at 8:12 am | Report abuse |
  33. big jo

    shes a very talented and beautiful woman.

    April 26, 2013 at 4:35 am | Report abuse |
  34. big jo

    shes a beautiful woman.

    April 26, 2013 at 4:34 am | Report abuse |
  35. Sokman

    How much does cnn pay you to bash the "fair & unbalanced"?

    April 26, 2013 at 4:23 am | Report abuse |
  36. john abbott

    Fox News isn't really news at all.....it is ALL political, filled with erroneous and false information, all the time....not worth even glancing at it at all, unless one is a right-winger and rather unintelligent. CNN is FAR better ALL the time. Fox news sucks exhaust fumes, obviously.....something is SERIOUSLY wrong with that 'network' even though those suffering from intelligence-challenged issues seem to enjoy it....pathetic....

    April 26, 2013 at 3:23 am | Report abuse |
    • Bobs

      This is NOT Fox News. It's a local Fox affiliate. Yes, they air Fox network programming, but their news coverage is locally produced. Why do so many people not know the difference between Fox News and Fox affiliates?

      April 26, 2013 at 6:22 am | Report abuse |
    • condition one

      You're wasting your breath. Most of these people don't command the intelligence to understand the difference.

      April 26, 2013 at 7:48 am | Report abuse |
    • wjmknight

      I totally agree with John...Fox News is a joke. They couldn't be more biased and socially irresponsible if they tried...in this case however, it is the fault of the captioning service, not the network.

      But we're doing something here that Fox News won't allow on its web site...that being commenting on news stories. About six months before the election in 2012 Fox News began closing its comment forums for their news stories and now they are gone. Why? Because every story, no matter how mundane, turned into a racist rant against the president., immigration, and place for every birtehr to spout off, and it was embarassing even Fox.

      CNN and MSNBC however, still allow commentating. WHy? Because their audiences are comprised of racist paranoid conspiracy gun nuts like Fox.

      April 26, 2013 at 8:04 am | Report abuse |
    • Derek

      I like how everyone bashes Fox news all the time before being right-leaning, but no one seems to have any problem with ABC, NBC, CBS, MSNBC, CBS News, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Seattle Post, The New Yorker, The Huffington Post, Newsweek, Current TV, Comedy Central (the Daily Show and Colbert), The San Francisco Chronicle, ....and the list goes on and on.

      Why Fox News seems to be the network du jour to make fun of, I have no clue. Fox News is one right-leaning media source in a sea of left-leaning media sources.

      April 26, 2013 at 8:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Pete

      @Derek, my biggest problem with FoxNews is their unmitigated gall claiming to be "fair and unbalanced" when they are so obviously and admittedly slanted to the right. How is something that's slanted also balanced, and how is something with an obvious bias fair? Hmm? What's also laughable is Bill O'Reilly's claim to a "no spin zone" when that's all he does is put a right-wing spin on everything - that and rudely shout down any guests that oppose his viewpoint.

      April 26, 2013 at 9:19 am | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      I still don't see what Fox News has to do with this story when it was Fox Channel and NOTHING to do with Fox News.

      April 26, 2013 at 9:37 am | Report abuse |
  37. Lauren Sustaire

    I took this picture and my friend posted it to her reduction Friday. I also posted it to my personal Facebook on Friday afternoon. It was then saved by someone else and posted to Twitter. You can find the very first original post of this picture on Reddit user: Dinka_Flicka. We took this picture while watching the news and we thought it was too funny to pass up. Never expected it to blow up like this.

    I'd like to tell how it came about. It's interesting how out of control this technical goof has gotten.

    April 26, 2013 at 2:13 am | Report abuse |
    • Lauren Sustaire

      *she posted it on reddit. Not sure why autocorrect changed it to reduction..

      April 26, 2013 at 2:15 am | Report abuse |
    • NooYawkah

      Hey, John Abbott, is THIS the kind of "intelligent" person who watches CNN? Lauren you sound like a complete idiot. When are you joining foursquare?

      April 26, 2013 at 6:13 am | Report abuse |
    • mukk

      >is THIS the kind of "intelligent" person who watches CNN? Lauren you sound like a complete idiot

      No this is the sort of person that hangs out on CNN just to post verbal diarrhea NooY.

      Oops, did I just get splash by it hitting the fan... hey, I'm at work, I'm bored/boring like the rest of you...

      April 26, 2013 at 8:16 am | Report abuse |
  38. Spam Eater

    How long does CNN need to keep running this week old non story? How many people could have possibly been reading closed captioning on one TV station at that exact second? I hope the actress is paying CNN for all of this free publicity.

    April 26, 2013 at 1:59 am | Report abuse |
  39. Sokman

    Ferstupid Bob, not Ferapples Bob. I agree with Apple Bob. I've thought she was pretty since I saw her in Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, but have rarely attemped to pronounce her name. If I do, I go with Zoo-ee figuring people would at least know who I'm talking about.

    April 26, 2013 at 1:05 am | Report abuse |
  40. Sokman

    @Bob, how exactly do you don a vulgar blog? Copy it down on a post-it note & stick it to your shirt? Maybe people that wanna get high n mighty on a blog should do a little thing called proofreading, huh buddy? Pathetic

    April 26, 2013 at 12:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Fcuk You, Stuffed with a Sokman

      It was obviously a typing error. You know, a MISTAKE. Just like the one your and Bob N. Ferapple's parents made by not aborting the two of you useless tw@ts.

      April 26, 2013 at 8:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Bob N. Ferapples

      Geez Bob N. Ferstupid/Fcuk You, Stuffed with a Sokman, who crapped in your cornflakes this morning? You seem a little uptight. You need to relax, or go back to bed for awhile. You can dream about your favorite pastime: fellating goats.

      April 26, 2013 at 9:24 am | Report abuse |
    • (Reported)

      Did you know that posting material like that in a public forum can be classified as a form of molestation? If a child were to come in here and read that and it was subsequently reported... Hope for your sake you're not on a public, work or school computer because you could be branded a s e x o f f e n d e r for that. Good Luck with that!

      April 26, 2013 at 9:25 am | Report abuse |
    • Give it a rest, Pliny

      No one believes your bullsh!t. Get a job, get a hobby, get a live, whichever. Either one, just get the hell off this blog if it's the comments are so hard on your fragile sensibilities, you lousy {()}

      April 26, 2013 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
  41. the_dude

    I thoght she did a good job as young princess lee on those revenge of the jedi remake movies a while back.

    April 26, 2013 at 12:55 am | Report abuse |
  42. brian

    This surprised me until I saw the word "Fox."

    April 26, 2013 at 12:19 am | Report abuse |
    • econdry

      Yeah, because the people typing the closed captioning have everything to do with your irrational fear of actual news reporting. Idiot.

      April 26, 2013 at 9:14 am | Report abuse |
  43. Marc

    Deaf people everywhere can now stand down on the Deschanel hunt.

    April 26, 2013 at 12:11 am | Report abuse |
  44. QuietStormX

    Come on, Zooey Deschanel is such a unique looking white girl that I think everyone who watches TV knows from her series New Girl and maybe her music also. It looks like the person typing the onscren text must have been watching or had her on their mind? But I'm sure everyone knows this girl.

    April 26, 2013 at 12:10 am | Report abuse |
  45. keke ...not so bright

    She's a culture terrorist

    April 25, 2013 at 11:50 pm | Report abuse |
  46. Gandalf

    My favorite book is 'Wifey' by Judy Blume. If they ever make a movie of it, I hope they cast Zooey Deschanel in the lead role. She would be perfect.

    April 25, 2013 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
  47. Emma

    She was ! She was great as Webster ! I just wish Alex Karras was still around so he could see this. He'd be proud.

    April 25, 2013 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  48. Mark

    I am very proud of Zooey. We used to watch her on TV in the 1980s when she played the character of Webester. Webster was a quality family oriented show. I knew she would turn out ok. Now look at lil Webster. She is a grown up movie star. Whachoo Talkin Bout, Willis. Whatchoo Talkin Bout. GoodTimes.

    April 25, 2013 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • chelsea grammer

      I can't decide whether you're funny or just weird, but I think I'm gonna bet the farm on just weird.

      April 26, 2013 at 2:16 am | Report abuse |
    • condition one

      Weird, yes. Funny, no.

      April 26, 2013 at 7:51 am | Report abuse |
  49. Bob N. Ferapples

    She's pretty, but I can't figure out how you pronounce her first name; is it Zoo-EE (like the place with animals, ending with an EE sound), or zoh-EE? I'm not even going to make an attempt on her last name.

    April 25, 2013 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob N. Ferstupid

      Really? REALLY?! Sounds like "Day-Sha-Nell"...

      ...maybe if you took one quarter of the time studying english pronounciation as you don posting vulgar cr@p on these blogs, you wouldn't appear as stupid. Pathetic.

      April 25, 2013 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob N. Ferapples

      Name ONE vulgar thing I have ever posted on these blogs. And, what exactly is your definition of vulgar?

      April 25, 2013 at 8:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • @Bob N. Ferstupid

      Deschanel is a name of French origin. How is will "studying English pronunciation" help him pronounce French words? And why are you such a tool?

      April 25, 2013 at 10:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fcuk You, Stuffed with a Sokman

      It's morning. Shouldn't you be struggling to stuff as many socks down your pants as possible right now to attempt to appear like you are a man?

      April 26, 2013 at 8:45 am | Report abuse |
    • (Reported)

      Did you know that posting material like that in a public forum can be classified as a form of molestation? If a child were to come in here and read that and it was subsequently reported... Hope for your sake you're not on a public, work or school computer because you could be branded a s e x o f f e n d e r for that. Good Luck with that!

      April 26, 2013 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
  50. Stephen

    Wow fox is just worthless. Now local stations are bs'ing too.

    April 25, 2013 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • condition one

      You've never seen other network affiliates make similar mistakes? Please get a clue. Tell ya what, here's a free clue for you. When someone makes a mistake, it's not "BS'ing", it's a mistake. That's kind of why the word "mistake" exists. It's different than BS'ing. BSing is when you deliberately tell someone something that you know isn't true. This local news team hardly intended to do that deliberately, so the grown-ups with IQs over 50 never really thought anything of it. Then, there's CNN...

      April 26, 2013 at 7:59 am | Report abuse |
    • twotwotango

      It wasn't Fox it was a 3rd party vendor named 'Caption Solutions' that provides CC for the station. Can you liberals read or does ignorance just come natural? You're just as dumb as the far right folks you seek criticize. Only independents are intelligent these days.

      April 26, 2013 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |

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