On Thursday, GQ unveiled its annual June comedy issue featuring Kate McKinnon, Issa Rae and Sarah Silverman on the cover looking stunning in gorgeous dresses, but with a whole lot of misplaced limbs and hands.
The exaggerated Photoshop flub is clearly referencing Vanity Fair's Hollywood Issue that came out in January, when it appeared Reese Witherspoon had three legs and Oprah Winfrey was given three hands.
"GQ would like to apologize to Kate McKinnon, Issa Rae, and Sarah Silverman for the egregious mistakes made in the process of creating the cover for our 2018 comedy issue, the latest in our pantheon of mostly annual love letters to the funniest humans we know," the statement on their website reads. "Our intention was to celebrate the three super-funny superstars, who are all that is smart and perceptive and riotous and necessary in comedy right now. We deeply regret that the results violated GQ's rigorous standards of editorial excellence and the laws of nature."
"In an effort to ensure that an error of this magnitude never happens again, and because this sounds like the right thing to say, GQ will be conducting a thorough internal audit of our cover-development process," the statement continued. "To demonstrate our commitment to transparency, we will release the results of the review, quietly, in 17 months, on Medium."
In January, Witherspoon and Winfrey had a sense of humor about the much-maligned photos.
"Well...I guess everybody knows now...I have 3 legs," Witherspoon tweeted. "I hope you can still accept me for who I am. (and I will never apologize for snuggling @Oprah .. if you get the opportunity, I highly recommend it)."
"I accept your 3d leg," Winfrey replied to her AWrinkle in Time co-star. "As I know you accept my 3d hand."
I accept your 3d leg. As I know you accept my 3d hand👋🏾👋🏾👋🏾❤️
Meanwhile, on Thursday, HBO announced the return date of Rae's hit show, Insecure, which begins its third season on Sunday, Aug. 12 (10:30-11 p.m. ET/PT). ET spoke to Jay Ellis in February, when he hinted that his character, Lawrence, may be gone for good.