AN expert on South Korea issues has had his live interview with the BBC interrupted by his dancing children and his panicked wife, in a cautionary tale against leaving the door unlocked when working from home. The footage of the hilarious incident has been watched and shared by millions of people around the world.
Robert E. Kelly, a political science professor at the Pusan National University in South Korea, was in the middle of giving his serious expert opinion on the recent removal of South Korean president Park Geun-hye from his study at home.
In the background, the door to the study is seen opening and Kelly’s daughter jauntily dances into the room and stands beside Kelly as the interviewer, James Menendez, points out: “I think one of your children just walked in.”
Kelly attempts to answer a question that was just directed to him without looking away from the camera, using one hand to gently push his daughter into the background and trying not to laugh. Just then, another child – this time, a baby – strolls in in his or her walker.
All of a sudden, the children’s mother, Jung-a-Kim, slides into the room and gets down on her knees in a futile attempt to stay out of view, and makes desperate grabs for the children, then proceeds to drag them out unceremoniously. Kelly is seen closing his eyes and apologising repeatedly for the interruption.
The clip has gone viral, with many praising Kelly and his wife for their handling of the “embarrassing” situation:
What I like about the "kids interrupt BBC interview" video is how it reminds us tv "experts" are just folks.
— Popehat on Tapp (@Popehat) March 10, 2017
Best BBC interview EVER! Wait for the mum to come in 😂😂😂😂 pic.twitter.com/A0IbQnEJRU
— JonestownCoffee (@jonestowncoffee) March 10, 2017
BBC interview is the greatest TV moment of all time. When the mother/nanny comes rushing it's like something from "A Night At The Opera".
— (((Dan Hodges))) (@DPJHodges) March 10, 2017
Menendez, who was conducting the interview, tweeted that it was difficult to keep a straight face, and that it was Jung-a-Kim’s last-minute reach for the door to shut it that nearly made him laugh out loud.
Yes, it was the desperate reach for the door at the end that nearly did it for me… https://t.co/suxe3KPs3i
— James Menendez (@jamesmenendez) March 10, 2017
Afterwards, Kelly was on social media replying a viewer who praised the interview and asked to share the video. He responded with: “Is this [the] kinda thing that goes ‘viral’ and gets weird?”
@David_Waddell What would that mean, please? Re-broadcasting it on BBC TV, or just here on Twitter? Is this kinda thing that goes 'viral' and gets weird?
— Robert E Kelly (@Robert_E_Kelly) March 10, 2017
What Kelly doesn’t realise is that this is merely the tip of the iceberg.