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George Stephanopoulos

Wait, That Guy's NOT

Morgan Freeman?

1/21/2013 8:41 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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George Stephanopoulos is clearly not a basketball fan ... 'cause if he was, he might've known the old white-bearded African American man hangin' out at the Presidential Inauguration was NBA icon Bill Russell ... and not Morgan Freeman.

George was providing the play-by-play for ABC this morning ... when he started pointing out some of the famous people in the D.C. crowd ... and mixed up one legendary black guy for another.

George was quickly corrected by someone on the production -- and he apologized for the gaffe.

Happy Martin Luther King Jr. day everyone.

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16.

cmurder    

Why does everyone have to walk on eggshells when just trying to recognize a black person. Would it really be a story if he mixed up say..Katy Perry for Zooey Deschanel if one was wearing a hat and sunglasses? The Celtic hat should be some clue though. Steph is obviously not a big sports fan.

583 days ago
17.

Dipsticks    

You people are morons if you thought that was Morgan Freeman and NOT know that was Bill Russell. Myopic turds, the lot of ya...

583 days ago
18.

sas    

cue all the actors/musicians and other famous folks, because that is a typical liberal love fest. Didn't see that kind of a crowd at a GOP inauguration,much more of a class act than any Dem inaug.

583 days ago
19.

Kelly    

George probably thought it was odd that Morgan Freeman was dating Uhura.

583 days ago
20.

yuraguha    

just before I saw the draft saying $6167, I did not believe that my brother was truly receiving money part time from there new laptop.. there sisters roommate started doing this 4 only 22 months and by now cleard the mortgage on their condo and purchased themselves a Mini Cooper. I went here, http://www.Cloud65.com

583 days ago
21.

Jexica    

Oh, come on people. The guy is wearing a hat, sunglasses and a full beard. No big deal. And George said “. . .I think.” Meaning he wasn’t sure anyway. It’s ok folks. It really is.

583 days ago
22.

Edith    

So many comments about (( skin color )) lets just remember we are not 100% perfect lets take a look at the mirrow!!

583 days ago
23.

Jeff    

I thought it was Grady from Sanford & Son.

583 days ago
24.

0.0    

He's wearing a Celtics cap! He's six foot nine! I guess everyone looks tall to that little runt though.

583 days ago
25.

verlinda    

Stupid azzez

583 days ago
26.

Michelle Showalter    

Hey, how ya doin little mama, let me whisper in your ear.... Tell you something you might like to hear

583 days ago
27.

LuCha    

Another example that liberals are racist.

583 days ago
28.

Pavlov    

Georgie boy shed a tear again this time? As an uunbiased member of the media, I mean.

583 days ago
29.

Bambi    

Celtics representing!!! Love Big Bill!!!

583 days ago
30.

Bill Leslie    

all n1gg3rz look the same anyway

583 days ago
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