Soccer presenter Kate Abdo made a hilarious error live on-air during CBS’s Champions League coverage Tuesday afternoon by introducing the network as ‘Fox Sports.’
The broadcasters are rivals with CBS owning the rights to the Champions League in the United States, while Fox Sports is the home of the World Cup Stateside.
The 41-year-old made the mistake during CBS’s coverage of Inter Milan’s second-leg victory over AC Milan, which booked it its sport in the Champions League final with a 3-0 aggregate triumph in the Derby della Madonnina.
As soon as she’d uttered the network’s name, Abdo realized she had made a mistake and tried to backtrack but the damage was already done.
The gaffe provoked comical reactions from the show’s pundits with Jamie Carragher, Micah Richards and Thierry Henry bursting into hysterics.
Kate Abdo (left) made a hilarious error live on-air during CBS’s Champions League coverage
The presenter introduced the network as ‘Fox Sports,’ sending the show’s pundits, (L-R) Thierry Henry, Jamie Carragher and Micah Richards, into hysterics
Former Liverpool defender Carragher even dropped to his knees during his fit of laughter
Carragher, who even dropped to his knees during his fit of laughter, clung to the top of the pitchside desk as he joked: ‘We’re all gonna get sacked. Are there any jobs going on Fox?’
Henry walked out of shot with his head down, while Abdo also turned her back to the camera before returning with a regretful look on her face.
‘I’m so sorry, the teleprompter had just kind of risen up a bit and I apologize,’ said Abdo, who has been a member of the CBS Sports family since August 2020. ‘I’m about to get fired. Pete I am so sorry.’
Abdo has previously worked for Fox Sports and Sky Sports in the UK, joining the latter full-time in 2017.
She covered her fourth World Cup with Fox last year after hosting assignments at FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019, FIFA World Cup Russia 2018 and FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015.
In Qatar, she anchored the nightly FIFA World Cup tonight program, before returning to CBS’s Champions League program when domestic soccer returned following the tournament.
She previously anchored at Sky Sports, which she joined in 2014, and hosted the FIFA Ballon d’Or ceremonies in 2014, 2015 and 2016, during which she presented Cristiano Ronaldo with his third and fourth awards and Lionel Messi with his fifth.
Abdo and the three pundits were out of the studio and in Milan Tuesday to watch the semifinal second-leg between Inter Milan and AC Milan at the San Siro.
Abdo, who has worked for CBS since 2020, joked that she was ‘about to get fired’
It was the first time the two sides have met at this stage of the competition for almost two decades with Inter winning 3-0 on aggregate.
Either 14-time winners Real Madrid or reigning Premier League champions Manchester City will await them in the final in Istanbul on June 10.
The beginning of last week’s mouthwatering semifinal first-leg clash between AC and Inter Milan did not go according to plan for CBS either.
Last week, Abdo suffered an equally amusing hiccup while presenting as she struggled to finish her intro due to coughing uncontrollably.
As Abdo begun her opening segment, she had to stop her introduction, pausing and then coughing.
Joined by former Liverpool defender Carragher, Arsenal legend Thierry Henry and ex-Manchester City man Micah Richards as pundits for the game between two of Italy’s biggest clubs.
Abdo had to stop her intro during last week’s show as well due to a tickle in her throat
Jamie Carragher came to her aid with a bottle of water at the start of the program
Carragher had to come to Abdo’s aid, supplying a bottle of water while Henry also checked if she was OK.
CBS’s coverage of Europe’s premier soccer tournament has a jokey nature and is perhaps better known for its banter than its insightful analysis.
Abdo brings a lot of the laughter herself, often mocking Richards on his lack of Champions League success.
She once introduced his colleagues Henry and Carragher, as Champions League winners, with the pair winning the European Cup in 2009 and 2005 respectively, before then citing Richards as the man who made five appearances in the tournament.