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Sunrise newsreader apologies after ‘terrible slip of the tongue’ claiming ‘Peter Ford has died’

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Sunrise newsreader Sally Bowrey apologies for a ‘terrible slip of the tongue’ after accidentally claiming reporter ‘Peter Ford has DIED’ during an unfortunate live TV blunder

As the old saying goes, ‘Anything can happen on live television.’

And Weekend Sunrise presenter Sally Bowrey learned this lesson the hard way on Saturday, when she was forced to apologise for a ‘terrible slip of the tongue.’ 

While reporting on the death of actor Peter Fonda, she accidentally referred to him as ‘Peter Ford’, which happens to be the name of Sunrise’s own entertainment reporter. 

Whoops! Newsreader Sally Bowrey (pictured) was forced to apologise after accidentally claiming entertainment reporter Peter Ford had 'died' during Saturday's Weekend Sunrise

Whoops! Newsreader Sally Bowrey (pictured) was forced to apologise after accidentally claiming entertainment reporter Peter Ford had ‘died’ during Saturday’s Weekend Sunrise 

‘We start this morning with sad news that legendary actor and director Peter Ford has died, aged 79,’ said Sally at the start of her Pop! News segment. 

As footage of the late Hollywood star then played on screen, a handful of Sunrise viewers expressed their confusion on Twitter. 

‘Was a bit shocked this morning to discover that apparently “Peter Ford” had passed away overnight, according to Sally’s Pop News on Sunrise,’ one person wrote.

Another added: ‘Sally’s pop news just announced that @mrpford [Peter Ford] has died. #slipofthetongue think she meant Peter Fonda’. 

Oh, dear: During her Pop! News segment, Sally accidentally claimed that Sunrise's own entertainment correspondent Peter Ford (pictured) had died. She meant to say 'Peter Fonda'

Oh, dear: During her Pop! News segment, Sally accidentally claimed that Sunrise’s own entertainment correspondent Peter Ford (pictured) had died. She meant to say ‘Peter Fonda’

Ford or Fonda? As footage of late Hollywood star Peter Fonda played on screen, a handful of Sunrise viewers expressed their confusion on Twitter

Ford or Fonda? As footage of late Hollywood star Peter Fonda played on screen, a handful of Sunrise viewers expressed their confusion on Twitter 

'I think she meant Peter Fonda': The embarrassing gaffe did not go unnoticed on Twitter

‘I think she meant Peter Fonda’: The embarrassing gaffe did not go unnoticed on Twitter 

Several others tweeted Peter Ford directly, checking he was okay and informing him of the unexpected blunder. 

‘Oh dear a terrible slip of the tongue… didn’t even realise I said it! Sorry, Pete!’ Sally later wrote on Twitter after learning of her gaffe. 

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Fortunately, Peter found the situation amusing. He later joked on Twitter: ‘Sadly I could almost hear the champagne corks popping as my death was announced!’

Nobody's perfect! 'Oh dear a terrible slip of the tongue... didn't even realise I said it! Sorry, Pete!' Sally later wrote on Twitter after learning of her gaffe

Nobody’s perfect! ‘Oh dear a terrible slip of the tongue… didn’t even realise I said it! Sorry, Pete!’ Sally later wrote on Twitter after learning of her gaffe 

'Was I the lead story?' Peter Ford himself found the blunder very amusing

‘Was I the lead story?’ Peter Ford himself found the blunder very amusing 

Taking it in his stride! Peter, who is not dead, joked that may celebrities would be 'delighted' by news of his passing

Taking it in his stride! Peter, who is not dead, joked that may celebrities would be ‘delighted’ by news of his passing

In another tweet, he wrote: ‘I’m sure many would have been delighted, but no I’m absolutely fine! Thanks for your concern.

‘Out of interest, and this isn’t meant to sound egotistical, was I the lead story?’ 

Angle News Australia has contacted Channel Seven for comment. 

Owning up: Despite the Twitter storm, Sally apologised and things soon quietened down

Owning up: Despite the Twitter storm, Sally apologised and things soon quietened down

Hollywood actor Peter Fonda died at the age of 79 after suffering from lung cancer.

Fonda, who co-wrote and starred in the 1969 road movie Easy Rider, died peacefully at his home in Los Angeles on Friday, his family said in a statement.

He was the son of Hollywood star Henry Fonda and the younger brother of Jane Fonda. His daughter, Bridget, is also an actor.

Actually dead: Hollywood actor Peter Fonda died at the age of 79 after suffering from lung cancer. Pictured on January 28, 2012 in Hollywood

Actually dead: Hollywood actor Peter Fonda died at the age of 79 after suffering from lung cancer. Pictured on January 28, 2012 in Hollywood

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