Ross King was left red-faced after he accidentally said Tony Bennett was dead in a live TV blunder on Friday morning’s Lorraine.
The Los Angeles correspondent, 60, mistakenly said ‘the late Tony’ when speaking about the jazz legend, 96, during his segment.
Presenter Ranvir Singh, who is currently filling in for Lorraine Kelly, was speaking to Ross about Tony’s new song with Lady Gaga for the upcoming Joker film.
Oops: Ross King, 60, was left red-faced as he accidently said Tony Bennett, 96, was dead in a live TV blunder on Friday morning’s Lorraine
Ross began: ‘So this one is called Folie A Deux – translated that means “folly of two” and it refers to a mental illness that is shared by two people in close association.
‘So, of course now fans are thinking “Does this mean that Gaga will take on the role of the Joker’s girlfriend Harley Quinn?” Not confirmed yet but it could possibly be.
‘We hear that this one is going to be a musical as well. A teaser has just been dropped – here’s Gaga, here’s the music, here’s cheek to cheek and here’s of course the song that we associate with her and the wonderful and the absolutely brilliant late Tony Bennett.’
Music legend: The Los Angeles correspondent mistakenly said ‘the late Tony’ when speaking about the jazz legend’s new song with Lady Gaga (pictured) for the new Joker film
Blunder: The show cut to a teaser of the song as Ross said: ‘Here’s the music – the song that we associate with her and the wonderful and the absolutely brilliant late Tony Bennett’
The Fly Me to the Moon singer, who celebrated his 96th birthday earlier this week, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2016 and he retired from performing in August, closing out his seven-decade career.
The show cut to a teaser of the song, after which, Ross released he had made a mistake.
Apologising he said: ‘Can I just also clarify as well, I did say “the late Tony Bennett” – Tony has not yet passed away, sorry about that.
‘He is still around and is still one of the greats so apologies for people thinking that something had happened there!’
Star: The singer, who celebrated his 96th birthday earlier this week, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2016 (Pictured in August 2021)
At the Grammy’s in April, Lady Gaga performed a collection of songs from her and collaborator Tony’s latest album Love For Sale, which took home the award for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album.
Tony, who was forced to skip the ceremony due to his ‘continuing struggle with Alzheimer’s,’ appeared via video feed to introduce Lady Gaga to the stage.
Their album was also nominated for Album of the Year along with three awards for their song I Get A Kick Out of You – Best Music Video Of the Year, Best Pop Duo/Group Performance and Record of the Year.
Duo: At the Grammy’s in April, Lady Gaga performed a collection of songs from her and collaborator Tony ‘s latest album Love For Sale (Pictured with Lady Gaga in November 2021)
Though Tony was invited to the ceremony, his son Danny told Variety that he would not be attending due to his health and continued struggle with Alzheimer’s disease.
‘Tony is beyond thrilled, particularly at the young age of 95, to once again be recognized along with his musical collaborator and dear friend Lady Gaga by the Recording Academy for their album Love for Sale,’ Danny began in his statement to the outlet.
‘Although the producers had invited both Tony and Gaga to perform in Sunday’s Grammys broadcast, it is unfortunate that due to his continuing struggle with Alzheimer’s, he was not able to accept,’ Danny continued.
Album of the Year: Their album took home the award for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album and was also nominated for Album of the Year along with three other awards
‘It was decided that it would be fitting for Lady Gaga to perform on her own to represent for both of them,’ Tony’s son, 68, explained.
He concluded: ‘There is no doubt, that she will offer up an impeccable performance from Love for Sale, which is Tony’s final album. He will be cheering her on as he watches from his home in New York City.’
The pair released Love for Sale, on 1 October 2021, as a follow up to their Grammy-winning 2014 album Cheek to Cheek.
Love for Sale is the second collaborative album that Lady Gaga and Tony have released, following 2014’s Cheek to Cheek.
On stage: Love for Sale is the second album that Lady Gaga and Tony have released, following 2014’s Cheek to Cheek 9Perfroming at the 64th Annual Grammy Awards in April)