Anchors Wolf Blitzer and Don Lemon were part of their network’s non-stop coverage of Prince’s death today, only to make headlines themselves.
Blitzer was roasted on Twitter when he said early in the coverage: “All of us, of course, remember ‘Purple Haze’ and what that did for the world of music.”
Wolf Blitzer: “All of us remember Purple Haze and what that did for the world of music.” pic.twitter.com/f4v9bzLvzE
— Stefan Becket (@becket) April 21, 2016
Twitter predictably skewered him for the mixup with Jimi Hendrix’s “Purple Haze.”
@becket Something tells me Wolf Blitzer has never heard “Purple Haze,” much less “Purple Rain.”
— Scott T. Smith (@UniPresser_UPI) April 21, 2016
@CNN Wolf Blitzer: Let’s go to commercial with Prince’s ‘1999’.
*Plays Purple Rain*
— Greg P. (@greg_the_drunk) April 21, 2016
Later, Blitzer got a chance to clean it up. “‘Purple Rain,’ though, of course, stands out in everyone’s mind,” he said while listening to colleague Lemon reminisce about Prince on the phone.
Later, Lemon, himself, had a moment when he was asked about his favorite Prince song.
“Well, the first one I knew was ‘Head’”, he answered.
Are we allowed to say “head” in that particular context on daytime TV?