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TV Station Mistakenly Calls Olympics Host City "P.F. Chang" Instead Of Pyeongchang

Social media had a field day after seeing the "P.F. Chang Games" referenced on the news.

By Sharon Lynn Pruitt

How's this for awkward?

During a recent news broadcast, Chicago's ABC affiliate station WLS-TV mistakenly referred to Pyeongchang — the South Korean city hosting the Winter Olympic Games this year — as "P.F. Chang," the name of a popular chain of Asian-themed restaurants.

The graphic bearing the mistake, which even included a mock Olympic ring logo, was shown behind weekend anchor Mark Rivera on Saturday, USA Today reports. Screenshots of the mistake quickly began circulating online, with many on social media poking fun at the channel, while others criticized the station for making such an egregious mistake.

"I may not be an athlete competing in Pyongyang, but I definitely compete in P.F. Chang's," read one tongue-in-cheek tweet.

"Pyeongchang is a mountainous county 110 miles southeast of Seoul, South Korea. It's the host of the 2018 Winter Olympics. P.F. Chang's is an Asian-inspired US restaurant chain," wrote  another Twitter user. "I know they both begin with the letter P and end in 'Chang,' but they have little in common WLS-Ch.7."

In a statement to the Chicago Tribune, the station apologized for the mix-up, with a spokesperson for the network explaining that the P.F. Chang graphic was created for a "satirical" segment and was not meant to be used during Saturday's Olympics coverage.

P.F. Chang's also addressed the mix-up, writing on Twitter, "Contrary to this broadcast, we're not hosting the games."

[Photo: Twitter]