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TV captioning service apologizes for mistakingly naming Zooey Deschanel as Boston bombing suspect

The TV captioning service that mistakenly named Zooey Deschanel one of two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing last week has formally apologized to the “New Girl” star.

Viewers watching Friday’s TV coverage of the dragnet of the Boston area on a Fox station in Dallas, saw a photo of 19-year-old suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and, also on the screen, the printed words: “Marathon Bomber. He is 19-year-old Zooey Deschanel.”

Deschanel, who got a heads up about the caption, tweeted: “Whoa! Epic closed captioning FAIL!” with a screenshot of the gaffe.

Whoa! Epic closed captioning FAIL! “@joelmchale: Oh my RT @peterogburn:…

— zooey deschanel (@ZooeyDeschanel) April 20, 2013

Kala J. Patterson, president of the Lawrence, Kansas-based TV Captions Solutions captioning service, said the company, and its captioner, “deeply regret” the mistake, and “sincerely apologize for this error.”

But by then, the captioning mistake had become a “thing”:

“But Ms. Deschanel has already placed a pressure cooker next to my heart and blown it to smithereens,” commented someone on a media Web site under its news of the apology.

“She has taken refuge in the boat of my emotions,” added another fan, on Web site Gawker.

“Eyewitnesses are calling the scene ‘adorkable’,” added yet another.

“Of course we all know the real terrorist is Tara Reid,” insisted yet another.

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