Gayle King fired back at Jesse Watters on Thursday after the Fox News host publicly mistook her for “Good Morning America” host Robin Roberts on air during a broadcast of “The Five”
“I couldn’t believe this,” King told Stephen Colbert laughing about the incident on “The Late Show” Thursday. “So many people started sending this to me because I normally don’t watch Fox News.”
King said after watching Dana Perino correct her colleague on air, she sent a thank you email to her — which also included a pointed suggestion.
“I just wanted to thank you for letting your colleague know that Robin Roberts and I — It was a great compliment — but thank you for letting him know that we are two different people.” King said recalling the email. “And could you let the rest of your colleagues know that all black people do not look alike. Can you please just share that.”
Reps for King at CBS appeared to ignore the original flub and did not respond to requests for comment from TheWrap about the incident on Thursday. Reps for Roberts at ABC also declined to comment at the time.
The original gaffe from Watters happened during a Wednesday airing of “The Five,” of which he is a co-host. In the segment he had originally tried to compliment King.
“Hats off to Gayle King for totally redeeming herself after the [Jussie] Smollett fiasco,” Watters said.
“That was not Gayle King,” fellow co-host Dana Perino corrected. “Robin Roberts did the Smollett interview.”
When another host, analyst Juan Williams, attempted to just go through the whole moment, Watters broke in to apologize.
“Sorry for Robin Roberts out there,” he said “I apologize.”
Still later in the program, Watters held up a small white board apologizing again to the two anchors. “I’m sorry Gayle + Robin.”