#USA Match point! US Open announcer misidentifies Dionne Warwick as Gladys Knight on live TV #USNews
Mismatch point! US Open announcer misidentifies Dionne Warwick as Gladys Knight on live TV during Serena Williams’ match
- Chanda Rubin and Mary Carillo were manning the mics in the first set of Serena Williams’ match on Wednesday when the broadcast cut to a shot of two women
- The leftmost woman in the shot was music legend Dionne Warwick, but commentators Chanda Rubin and Mary Carillo identified her as Gladys Knight
- Knight – a music legend too – was also attending the match, and Rubin explained she had been watching the court and not her monitor at the time of the gaff
Tennis commentators mixed up their Motown legends during a broadcast of Serena William’s US Open match yesterday, misidentifying Dionne Warwick as Gladys Knight as the iconic singer watched from the stands.
Chanda Rubin and Mary Carillo were manning the mics in the first set when the broadcast cut to a shot of two senior women watching on from the stands.
‘Got some more stars,’ Rubin said as the shot held on the women.
‘Gladys Knight,’ Carillo said, misidentifying the Motown legend.
‘Gladys Knight,’ Rubin said, echoing the gaff.
‘Hello!’ said Carillo.
One of the women, seated left in the shot, was legendary singer Dionne Warwick – whose named dominated the charts throughout 60s, 70s, and 80s – and not legendary singer Gladys Knight – whose name also dominated the charts throughout the 60s, 70s, and 80s.
Dionne Warwick (above) attending the US Open on Wednesday. Commentators misidentified her as fellow soul singer Gladys Knight
The gaffe was quickly noted by eagle-eyed soul fans – including one Twitter user with the handle @Stevies_Wonder – who handed the commentators their due-mockery.
‘Unacceptable, from both of them,’ wrote @Stevies_Wonder.
Rubin took to Twitter to defend herself though, explaining Knight was also in the crowd that night and that she and Carillo were looking at the court when they spoke instead of the monitor which was showing them the broadcast.
‘Too bad I was initially looking at the court (where Auntie Gladys was in the stands) and not our program monitor that showed Ms. Dionne… mistake was immediately corrected,’ Rubin wrote on Twitter to one of the users criticizing the mistake.
It is unclear however if Knight – who was spotted at the stadium on Monday – was even in attendance last night.
Gladys Knight (center) attending the US Open on Monday. It is unclear whether she also attended on Wednesday
Dionne Warwick and Gladys Knight both dominated the soul charts from the 60s through the 80s
A rep for Knight told TMZ she was not offended by the mix-up, and was ‘honored’ to be mistaken for Warwick.
‘Dionne and I have been sisters for a long time and I hope she is as honored to be mistaken for me as I would be her,’ the rep said, ‘I’m sure it was an honest mistake. It was a blessing to be in the house to see Serena’s greatness.’
Warwick was also apparently not miffed by the mistake, sending out a Tweet this morning full of lyrical puns, laughing emojis, and introducing herself as Gladys Knight.
‘Hi, I’m Gladys Knight… and instead of taking that midnight train to Georgia, I won’t walk on by but will say a little prayer for you,’ Warwick wrote.
Tennis commentators Mary Carillo (left) and Chanda Rubin (right) both mistook Dionne Warwick for Gladys Knight during a live broadcast on Wednesday
This US Open tournament is expected to be the last for Williams, who announced in August she would soon be retiring from professional tennis.
Following the announcement, celebrities have flocked to the Arthur Ashe tournament hoping to take advantage of one last chance to watch the woman who is largely considered to be one of the greatest tennis players of all time.
Among the celebrities spotted filling the stands have been supermodel Bella Hadid, golf legend Tiger Woods, director Spike Lee, actor Jared Leto, Vogue editor Anna Wintour, and even former president Bill Clinton.
Williams won the match on Wednesday, beating out No. 2 seed Anett Kontaveit 3-1.
Her next match is Friday evening against Ajla Tomljanović.