Fox & Friends issued an apology after mistakenly broadcasting a graphic which implied that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had died.
Host Steve Doocy apologized Monday for the error, which Fox blamed on a technical glitch in the control room.
The accidental death announcement came as the 85-year old justice has now been working from home for about three weeks while recovering from lung cancer surgery.
Fox apologizes for mistaken RBG death announcement
The glitch popped up on Monday morning’s show with a graphic of the Supreme Court justice and misleading text that seemed to indicate that she was deceased, reading, “1933-2019.”
Fox quickly realized the mistake and the hosts apologized before the end of the show.
“We need to apologize. … A technical error in the control room triggered a graphic of RBG with a date on it,” Doocy said later in the show. “We don’t want to make it seem anything other than that was a mistake. That was an accident.”
“We apologize, big mistake,” co-host Ainsley Earhardt added.
A Fox spokesperson said that the issue came from the graphics team.
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Ginsburg is NOT DEAD. pic.twitter.com/7gTWggUM6l
— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) January 21, 2019
RBG still recovering
The dark timing of the gaffe was not lost on those who caught it, as the Supreme Court justice and liberal icon is still recovering from a lung cancer surgery last month that forced her to miss oral arguments for the first time in 25 years. The White House has reportedly started preparing to fill her seat if she — or any other justice — retires.
Her doctors have said that she is cancer free after the two malignant nodules were removed from her lungs. The cancerous growths were discovered in an x-ray she received after a fall left her with broken ribs in November.
Ginsburg’s absence from the court continues and she has canceled some upcoming public events, fueling speculation about her health and the time she has left on the bench.
Ginsburg previously said that she will keep doing the job until she can no longer work “at full steam.”
Her numerous health scares have drawn public attention as many liberals fret about the possibility of her being replaced by another conservative nominated by President Trump, which would tilt the court decisively further to the right for generations to come.