It seems Samsung might have parted with a bit of cash in order to have Oscars host Ellen DeGeneres appear with a Galaxy Note, snapping selfies both on-stage and alongside celebs in the audience during the ceremony. Comically, however, the South Korean company's efforts failed when DeGeneres was spotted shooting selfies backstage and sending them to Twitter from an iPhone.
DeGeneres indeed took her selfies on-stage and in the audience using a Galaxy Note, the Samsung-made “phablet” smartphone that runs Android OS. The above picture didn't turn out too well, and DeGeneres added the hashtag “#blurry” to the Twitter update:
She took a selfie while in the audience, too:
But, as several Twitter users soon noticed, DeGeneres appeared to abandon the Galaxy Note immediately upon returning backstage. There she kept on snapping selfies, but using an iPhone, instead.
We're not sure yet whether Samsung has asked for its money back.
As AppleInsider notes, this isn't the first time the South Korean company has suffered a sponsorship mishap with celebrities. David Beckham signed an exclusive global brand ambassador deal with Samsung for London's 2012 Olympic Games, but was subsequently caught snapping pictures with an iPhone 5s during the Super Bowl.