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CNN 'Early Start' Hosts Dial Wrong Number, Wake Up Stranger (VIDEO)

First Posted: 01/09/12 10:38 AM ET Updated: 01/09/12 11:06 AM ET

CNN's Ashleigh Banfield and Zoraida Sambolin accidentally woke up a random stranger early Monday morning.

The "Early Start" co-hosts were trying to call comedian Chuck Nice for a phone interview at 6:40 a.m. They got a groggy man on the line instead.

Banfield, who thought she was speaking to Nice, joked, "Chuck, this is the FBI calling." Sambolin realized they had called the wrong person after the man asked, "¿Perdón?" Banfield gasped in horror and proceeded to crack up. Then she got up, telling Sambolin, "You're taking this one."

Sambolin told the cameras, "¡Disculpe!"

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  • Chuck Todd Flips The Bird On Air

    Todd was caught <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/12/14/chuck-todd-flips-bird-finger-morning-joe_n_1147971.html" target="_hplink">giving someone the middle finger</a> on "Morning Joe" when he thought the camera was not on him.

  • Mark Halperin Calls Obama A 'Dick'

    Mark Halperin was <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/06/30/mark-halperin-calls-obama-a-dick_n_887604.html" target="_hplink">suspended from MSNBC</a> for calling President Obama a "dick" live on air during an appearance on "Morning Joe."

  • David Gregory's KKK-Related Gaffe

    Gregory appeared on "Today" and <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/11/09/david-gregory-grand-wizard-gop_n_1083881.html" target="_hplink">made an awkward KKK-related gaffe</a> while discussing the mounting sexual harassment allegations against Herman Cain. He later apologized for his "poor choice of words."

  • Katie Couric's Miley Cyrus Castration Gaffe

    Kate Couric said she would not <a href=" http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/08/04/katie-couric-view-miley-cyrus-castrate_n_918275.html" target="_hplink">castrate Miley Cyrus</a> while she co-hosted "The View" in August. "View" co-host Barbara Walters responded by telling Couric she would give her a lesson in human anatomy.

  • Ed Schultz Calls Laura Ingraham A 'Right-Wing Slut'

    Ed Schultz went on <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/05/25/ed-schultz-to-take-unpaid_n_867186.html" target="_hplink">unpaid leave from MSNBC</a> after calling conservative radio host Laura Ingraham a "right-wing slut" in July.

  • Al Sharpton's Teleprompter Flub

    During the early weeks of Al Sharpton's new MSNBC show, the host had some <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/08/10/al-sharptons-teleprompter_n_923075.html" target="_hplink">difficulty reading the teleprompter</a>.

  • Fox News' Huge Obama Gaffe

    A Fox News graphic that aired in December <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/12/14/fox-news-fail-graphics-obama-gop-poll_n_1149388.html" target="_hplink">showed President Obama in a poll</a> with GOP hopefuls. Obama was mistakenly placed above GOP candidate Mitt Romney's poll numbers.

  • Local News Producer Drops The F-Bomb Twice On Air

    A local news producer seemed <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/12/14/producer-curses-video_n_1149475.html" target="_hplink">fairly frustrated</a> on this KBOI newscast.

  • Copy Edit Fail

    South Carolina's Greenville News had <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/12/01/greenville-news-major-copy-edit-fail_n_1122972.html" target="_hplink">one copy edit mistake</a> that packed a whole lot of punch.

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