‘Today’ Show Aptly Notes That Wisconsin Senator Will No Longer Be Running JCPenney

This Ron still has a job.

This Ron still has a job.

No wonder JCPenney axed former CEO Ron Johnson this week — it seems he’s been busy leading a double life as a Wisconsin senator. Or at least, that’s what the Today show seemed to think during its reporting of Johnson’s exit.

As noted by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (a tip submitted by my mother as the parents of Consumerist staffers are our No. 1 fans), NBC aired a photo of the Wisconsin legislator instead of the man just dumped by JCPenney after 17 months of sliding sales and customer confusion.

While it’s fun to giggle at mistakes like this, it could’ve been a lot worse/funnier. Scroll down to see some other potential mix-ups that we wish had happened. Especially the last one, which would make so many dreams come true.

Don Johnson and his hair could run JCPenney.

Don Johnson and his hair could run JCPenney.

Jimmy Johnson already has a job and it's way cooler than CEOing.

Jimmy Johnson already has a job and it’s way cooler than CEOing.

We're unsure if Jimmy Johnson is a Martha Stewart fan.

We’re unsure if Jimmy Johnson is a Martha Stewart fan.

Mick Ronson, you are way cooler than Ron Johnson.

Mick Ronson, you are way cooler than Ron Johnson.

A Ron by any other name is not as cool as Ron Burgundy.

A Ron by any other name is not as cool as Ron Burgundy.

This is just a terrifying prospect.

This is just a terrifying prospect.

If only Ron Swanson was in charge, we'd all be a lot better off.

If only Ron Swanson was in charge, we’d all be a lot better off.