Sunday’s installment of The History Channel’s The Bible featured a Moroccan actor who bears a passing resemblance to President Barack Obama, or so some online outlets insist.

The production’s executive producers, Mark Burnett and Roma Downey, quickly answered those who thought the casting of actor Mehdi Ouazzani was meant to slight the president. They released this statement today to refute those charges and defend their product.

“HISTORY channel has the highest respect for President Obama. 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.”

From “The Bible” Executive Producers, Mark Burnett & Roma Downey:

“This is utter nonsense. 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.”

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