LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Los Angeles newscaster apologized to Samuel L. Jackson on Monday for confusing him with fellow actor Laurence Fishburne during a live TV interview.

KTLA entertainment reporter Sam Rubin was interviewing Jackson on Monday morning about the film “RoboCop” when he asked the actor if he’d gotten a lot of reaction to his recent Super Bowl commercial.

When Jackson asked, “What Super Bowl commercial?” Rubin realized his mistake and began to apologize. But it was too late.

“You’re as crazy as the people on Twitter,” an animated Jackson, who was doing the interview by satellite from Atlanta, told Rubin. “I’m not Laurence Fishburne. We don’t all look alike. We may be all black and famous but we don’t all look alike.”

As Rubin, who is white, tried to apologize, a smiling Jackson went on at length, listing various black actors and their commercials. Video of the exchange quickly went viral.

“I’m the ‘What’s in Your Wallet,’ black guy,” he said of his own commercial for a credit-card company. “He’s the car black guy. “Morgan Freeman is the other credit-card black guy. You only hear his voice, though, so you probably won’t confuse him with Laurence Fishburne.”

Fishburne, as the character Morpheus from the “Matrix” movies, appeared in the Super Bowl commercial for Kia automobiles.

The pair eventually got back to talking about “RoboCop,” with Jackson telling Rubin how highly he regards Michael Keaton and Gary Oldman, who appear in the film with him.

“You do know who they all are though, right?” he teased. “Just in case they have some of them on the show. Do some work. Do some research. Make sure you don’t confuse them with those other white actors.”

When he returned to the air 30 minutes later, Rubin apologized profusely, saying he has interviewed Jackson several times and does indeed know who he is.

“I really pride myself on the fact that unlike a lot of people who do this kind of work, more often than not I really do know what I’m talking about,” he said. “But I didn’t 30 minutes ago and I’m really embarrassed about it, and I very much apologize to Samuel L. Jackson and anyone else who was offended for what was a very amateur mistake.”

7 thoughts on “LA Newscaster Apologizes for Black Actor Mix-Up + WATCH Samuel L. Jackson Go Off on Anchor

  1. LT In Houston on said:

    A quick reminder was all that be as needed. People make mistakes. Remember you reep what you sow. When he makes a mistake I hope that person is just as unforgiving.

    So nobody has ever called a person by another person’s name on accident?

  2. Camella Jenkins on said:

    Hey NeNe Leakes? This is a real actor, one who spent years getting the proper education to become a hollywood celebrity, years of hard work, blood sweat and tears to become FAMOUS and the list goes on and on for many who paved the way for you to even be on tv. Mr. Samuel L. Jackson is a Real Star/Hollywood Celebrity, not an imposter wanna be reality tv reject such as yourself! You said “you have arrived”, arrived where?

  3. Camella Jenkins on said:

    Hey NeNe Leakes? This is a real actor, one who spent years getting the proper education to become a hollywood celebrity, years of hard work, blood and tears to become FAMOUS and the list goes on and on for many who paved the way for you to even be on tv. Mr. Samuel L. Jackson is a Real Star/Hollywood Celebrity, not an imposter wanna be reality tv reject such as yourself!

  4. Ivan Cohen on said:

    If the roles had been reversed and this was a black entertainment reporter she or he would do their homework. They would at least have the correct name of the person they are interviewing. Some white entertainment reporters display how lazy they are in the research department. While Samuel Jackson did cut him some slack, still it shows that white reporters need to get their act together(no pun intended)

  5. proud2be on said:

    I Love some of my older generation actors, politicians, and athletes…..taking nothing away from the younger generation but I feel like we could all learn something from the way Mr. Jackson handled this guy.. Just loved it.

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