When the camera panned to a shot of Bill Russell
, an 11-time NBA champion with the Boston Celtics, and NBA Hall of Famer, Stephanopolous mistook him for Morgan Freeman
, a five-time Oscar nominee, The NY Post
reports. To make matters even more embarrassing, Russell was wearing a Celtics cap.
"That's Morgan Freeman, I think, right there on the Capitol steps, Stephanopolous said. "No, Bill Russell, I'm sorry."
That night on the Comedy Central's The Daily Show
, John Stewart joked, "Now in George Stephanopolous' defense, all tall people look alike to him," RapFix
writer Zach Lowe also took advantage of the mix-up and tweeted
"Morgan Freeman is a pretty mean shot blocker in pick-up games, though."
Russell and Morgan are in their 70s and both are relatively tall, though there is a considerable difference. Russell is 6-9 and Freeman is 6-2, USA Today