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Michael Keaton Apologizes for ‘Hidden Fences’ Flub: ‘Oh My Gosh, I Feel So Bad’

The actor says the mistake came from reading the teleprompter and cue cards incorrectly.

Michael Keaton


Sunday night’s Golden Globes had some unforgettable moments, from Jimmy Fallon’s “La La Land”-inspired cold open to Meryl Streep’s passionate acceptance speech. The awards also brought us “Hidden Fences,” the unintentional mashup of “Hidden Figures” and “Fences” that Jenna Bush mistakenly said during the red carpet and Michael Keaton repeated while announcing the Best Supporting Actress category.

On Wednesday night, Keaton apologized for the Golden Globes flub, telling reporters at “The Founder” premiere that he “was very sorry” about the mistake.

“I screwed the line up. I was nonchalant about it. I actually, now, I totally understand,” he said, as quoted by The Hollywood Reporter. “It makes me feel so badly that people feel badly. If somebody feels badly, that’s all that matters.”

READ MORE: ‘Hidden Fences’ Trailer: Stephen Colbert Mythologizes the Golden Globes Gaffe

The actor also apologized to those who were involved in the film, adding, “I’m very sorry for the people that were affected by that. Especially those people in the movie, who worked all that time. I always think about if they have brothers and sisters or mothers and fathers or friends waiting for this, then this guy — me — gets up, gives the wrong part. Watching a player drop a big pass, I always go, ‘Oh my gosh, I feel so bad.’ It kills me. So I am very very sorry.”

Keaton explained that the mistake came from reading the teleprompter and cue cards incorrectly and that he wasn’t aware that #HiddenFences was trending on Twitter. He also added that if anyone thinks there was some discriminatory intent, they are “extraordinarily incorrect.”

Watch his Golden Globe flub in the video below.

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