Sneak in a nap
Being a morning show host can be challenging, especially since you must keep your energy levels up. For example, Robin Roberts, host of Good Morning America, wakes up at 3:45 a.m. daily to prepare for her 7 a.m. broadcast.
Unfortunately, however, not everyone has the same dedication, which leads to awkward moments. A case in point is an incident that happened to Tucker Carlson on the show “Fox & Friends” in 2013. During a live broadcast, he was caught napping, which prompted ridicule from hosts Mike Jerrick and Alisyn Camerota. Despite the taunts, Carlson admitted that he hadn’t gotten much sleep the night before because he was filling in for his coworker Sean Hannity.
Captain Jack the Doubledealer
When a video of the self-appointed Captain Jack Sparrow from the movie Pirates of the Caribbean surfaced on the Internet, there was a wave of uproar. Jess Weber later interrupted NBC 4 reporter Madison Brooks, who was covering the premiere of Breaking Bad on Hollywood Boulevard.
Weber stood too close to the reporter, invading her personal space, and even reportedly sniffed her hair, prompting speculation that it was an act of harassment. However, according to the Huffington Post, the video was a staged prank, and the woman was an actress named Christine Sargent. Weber put much effort into pulling off this stunt, which went viral online.
The Commonwealth Olympic Games is a prestigious event that occurs every four years and brings together athletes worldwide. Over 6,600 athletes and team representatives from 70 countries have gathered in England for the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
BBC sports presenter Mike Bushell interviewed some swimmers, including Adam Peaty. Despite being warned to be careful and watch his step, he made a wrong move and fell into the pool midway through the interview. The BBC Breakfast reporter got soaked through, and his microphone could not be rescued from the water. Whoa!
What kind of insect is that?
It was a sunny day in Indianapolis when Fox 59 weather forecaster Jennifer Ketchmark gave a live weather report. Quite unexpectedly, a giant bee appeared in the camera lens, interrupting the program. A shocked Ketchmark screamed and briefly left the frame.
Ironically, the anchors who hosted the meteorologist’s forecast talked about bees when they flipped it to the weather. For example, Ketchmark even laughed at their “bee talk,” but her laughter turned to scream at the sight of an actual insect. Behind the scenes, she could be heard saying she would be in some commercial, and what do you know!
Live reporting is tricky business; unexpected events can happen at any moment. One of the most embarrassing mistakes can be a forgotten line or an unwanted face appearing in the background. For example, one reporter was subjected to an unfortunate prank during a live broadcast.
The incident occurred in Washington Square, and no one knows who the perpetrator was. They pulled down the reporter’s pants in front of the camera, exposing him to the world. The reporter was so shocked that he could not quickly chase the prankster. However, the cameraman soon switched to the crowd behind the reporter, but the damage was already done.
Meet Sophie, the scarlet ibis
It was a busy day in 2018 for the anchors of CBS News 8’s Morning News program when a scarlet ibis did an unexpected act on live television. They are medium to large-sized wading and ground birds related to storks and very close to the spoonbills.
As the ibis messenger, one of two representatives of the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, appeared on the air, a ten-year-old bird named Sophie was sitting on the head of Nichelle Medina, who was hosting the Zoo Day program. Despite the unexpected intrusion, the Emmy winner kept her composure, demonstrating professionalism. On the other hand, Medina’s colleague Eric Kahnert could have been more at ease with the guest, as seen in the photo.
The power of invisibility
Weather forecaster Liberte Chan, host of the Weekend Morning News program, had an amusing encounter when her choice of clothing caused her to blend in with the green screen. The situation became almost comical, with Chan becoming almost invisible in the background. Fortunately, a coworker came to the rescue, offering to let her wear her jacket on camera.
In the situation, Chan, who worked on the show KTLA 5 from 2012 to 2021, held herself confidently with a pleasant expression. This experience has made the TV host, who has a degree in meteorology and broadcast journalism, more careful about her outfit choices in the future.
What a naughty question
Indeed, even the slightest mistake or embarrassing moment can be a source of public humiliation for TV presenters, and this has been proven time and again. A well-known example is when two presenters were discussing child discipline issues live on air, and one of them asked the other if she had ever been “spanked properly.”
The embarrassed presenter responded awkwardly, saying that she had had experience of a proper spanking, but not as a child. The mistake was compounded by the fact that it was caught on camera, and the video quickly went viral all over the Internet. To this day, this unpleasant incident is remembered!
It’s just a belly hugger for the cameras
Many reporters, including Jessica Lang of Suncoast News Network, had to work from home in 2020 because of the lockdown. She asked her mother, Diane Lang, as a cameraman, to help her shoot a report. The girl was unaware that her father, Kevin Lang, would show up unexpectedly during the filming.
During the performance of Jessica, a native of Florida, her father appeared in the frame without a shirt and began to adjust his clothes. But no sooner had Diana stopped filming than Kevin exposed his stomach. It should come as no surprise that the video quickly went viral after Jessica posted it on Twitter.
Business tops, casual bottoms
Majid Asfour, former editor-in-chief of Jordanian newspaper Al Rai Arabic, defies stereotypes about what an analyst should look like. During his interview with Al Jazeera TV, he looked like a professional in a suit. That said, Asfour was not fully dressed in a case.
A separate video on Twitter shows Asfour propping his laptop up on his lap with two pillows to keep the rest of his body out of the frame. The heat was intense during the Skype interview, so he opted for more comfortable clothes. Abu Dhabi Network published the video, which was widely circulated, gaining thousands of views.