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Kevin Hart has received a public apology from NBC Network officials after a photo of the comedian was used to accompany news articles about Jamaican Olympic sprinter Usain Bolt.

The headline read: "Usain Bolt, the fastest man alive, tests positive for coronavirus".

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Bolt confirmed he tested positive for the coronavirus following a huge birthday bash in Jamaica last week. Hart and Bolt are Black - but they don't pass for twins.

The Jumanji: Next Level star was left stunned on Tuesday after noticing his photo appeared in online NBC News pieces detailing Bolt's positive COVID-19 test.

Hart, who recently revealed he was diagnosed with the coronavirus back in March, shared a screenshot of the glaring mix-up of the two black celebrities, and remarked, "No comment", alongside a series of facepalm emojis.

The famously short funnyman then quipped, "I must of gotten really fast & tall overnight....I want to take advantage of this moment & race anybody in the world. We can bet whatever....S**t just got real. I am also no longer doing comedy due to my Olympic training schedule....IM BACK B**CHES!!!!!!

"P.S this is Disrespectful on so many levels....All you can do is laugh. Maybe the Covid 19 shrunk his legs & torso".

Bolt has yet to comment on the photo mishap, but an NBC News representative has since issued a formal apology to Hart via Twitter.

"Very sorry about that @KevinHart4real - bad technical glitch in how photos show up on Facebook," the spokesperson posted.

The picture problem has also been corrected, with editors noting, "A previous version of this article included an incorrect photo on some platforms due to a technical problem. The photo depicted actor Kevin Hart. It has been replaced with a photo of Usain Bolt."
 

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