Smith made the slip-up during a Fox News TV report on Thursday during a story about scientists who are trying to identify the woman in the infamous portrait.
He obviously meant to credit Renaissance-era painter Leonardo Da Vinci with the masterpiece rather than actor and Hollywood hunk DiCaprio. But he didn't even pause while making the blunder. Nor did he correct or comment on his name mixup during the segment.
And though the mistake was a hand-meets-face embarrassment, poor Smith has gotten so much hate for the comment that you can't help but feel bad for the guy.
Hahahaha! Shepard Smith just said Leonardo DiCaprio painted the Mona Lisa!!!! pic.twitter.com/fFTKFqn4k3— Erin Stevenson (@StevensonErin) September 24, 2015
I pretty much never watch #ShepardSmithReporting, but I'm glad I did today to hear him say that Leonardo DiCaprio created the Mona Lisa.— John Ferko Jr (@theferko) September 24, 2015
The host on CNN just said Leonardo DiCaprio's Mona Lisa. DaVinci, dude. DaVinci. LMBO.— Kim Pfeifer (@scrappynanatoo) September 24, 2015
Smith still has yet to comment on the #newsfail as Twitter has dubbed it. Nor has Fox News corrected the mistake.
And though DiCaprio can't travel through time, as far as we know, he is connected to Da Vinci, in that he was named after the Italian artist.
DiCaprio explained during a 2013 interview with The Wall Street Journal, "My dad says he and my mom were visiting the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy, and stopped to look at a Leonardo da Vinci painting. My mom was pregnant with me, and I started kicking furiously, so my dad said, 'That is an omen.'"
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