During a Fox & Friends broadcast Monday, the network aired a graphic that suggested Ruth Bader Ginsburg had died, prompting the show's hosts to apologize, citing a control-room error.
The image briefly flashed on the screen following a commercial break, and presented a photo of the Supreme Court Justice alongside the words "Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 1933-2019." Co-host Steve Doocy then promptly addressed the mistake during the segment. "A technical error in the control room triggered a graphic of Ruth Bader Ginsburg with a date on it. We don’t want to make it seem like anything other than that was a mistake, that was an accident," he said.
In a statement to Deadline, the network reiterated that the mistake occurred in the graphics department. "This was a technical error that emanated from the graphics team," they said.
Ginsburg, who is 85-years-old, is currently recovering from surgery after cancerous nodules were removed from her lungs in December. Following the operation, the Supreme Court announced that no other remaining cancerous cells were detected, and Ginsburg will continue to work from home until she returns to the bench. The early-stage lung cancer was discovered when Ginsburg was rushed to the hospital after falling and breaking three of her ribs in November.
Although Ginsburg's health has caused some to speculate how much longer her Supreme Court tenure will last, she has not indicated that she plans on slowing down. In addition to resuming her judicial duties, Ginsburg will reportedly make an appearance in the upcoming movie, The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part. Although Ginsburg will not be voicing a role, she has agreed for her character, clad in her Supreme Court robes, to appear in the film.