Countless stories ran this morning claiming the actor chosen to play Satan in last night's episode of The Bible bore an uncomfortable resemblance to President Barack Obama.
The reports gained so much traction that the History channel and The Bible's producers, Mark Burnett and Roma Downey, were forced to comment on the matter.
"This is utter nonsense," Burnett said in a statement. "The actor who played Satan, Mehdi Ouzaani, is a highly acclaimed Moroccan actor. He has previously played parts in several Biblical epics -- including Satanic characters long before Barack Obama was elected as our President."
Downey continued, "Both Mark and I have nothing but respect and love our President, who is a fellow Christian. False statements such as these are just designed as a foolish distraction to try and discredit the beauty of the story of The Bible."
"HISTORY channel has the highest respect for President Obama," the network said. "The series was produced with an international and diverse cast of respected actors. It's unfortunate that anyone made this false connection. HISTORY's The Bible is meant to enlighten people on its rich stories and deep history."