*It looks as if British “X-Factor” judge Louis Walsh (below) landed himself in hot water after he claimed on last week’s show that Motown founder and Rock Hall of Fame inductee Berry Gordy (above) was dead.
Walsh made the erroneous statement after 19-year-old contestant Misha B was kicked off the show after belting out the 1964 Motown hit “Dancing in the Street,” according to the Daily Mail Online.
Walsh, who is a music producer, showered Misha B with accolades before stating, ‘If Berry Gordy was alive, he’d absolutely sign you.” Oops.
Berry Gordy is 82 years young and still very much alive.
Gordy, who appears to be in robust health, recently made appearances at the American Music Awards and was a guest at the White House earlier this year for ‘The Sound of Young America: The History of Motown.”
What was even more embarrassing for the hapless Walsh is that each Motown song performed by the semi-finalists was produced by either Gordy’s label, Motown, or Gordy himself.
Rumors are circulating that the embarrassing error may end Walsh’s career as a judge.
The mistake raised the ire of Gordy’s granddaughter, Mahogony Gordy, who took to Twitter to set the record straight. Mahogony tweeted:
“Just so EVERYBODY knows my grandfather Berry Gordy is alive and well. X Factor needs to get their facts straight before saying lies. @LMFAO RT.”
Mahogony, who is related to members of the American chart topping group LMFAO, then messaged X-Factor judge Gary Barlow and said, “@GBarlowOfficial I really don’t appreciate your friend Louis Walsh saying my grandfather Berry Gordy isn’t alive…he is alive and well.”
“If BerryGordy were alive, he would sign you to Motown. Louis Walsh, Gordy actually isn’t dead. But hopefully, your talent judging career is.”