Live TV Interviews That Went Hilariously Wrong

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Live TV Interviews That Went Hilariously Wrong

Live TV means things can go wrong in real
time, and people get to enjoy the car crash from their couch. While most shows are pre-taped and bumps smoothed
out in the editing room, live interviews that go pear-shaped still happen. Here are live TV interviews that went hilariously
wrong. Wendy Burch, a reporter for KTLA Morning News,
set out early one Fourth of July, wearing a cheery red and white shirt, with her blonde
hair gleaming in the sun. Her assignment that morning was to cover the
Ironman Competition in Hermosa Beach and, according to a piece she wrote for Huffington
Post in 2017, she was excited to spend a few hours of her workday out in the sun. As she details in her post, The Hermosa Beach
Ironman motto is: “Run, Paddle, Chug!” That was the first red flag that this assignment
might be a bit more lively than she’d originally imagined. After each athlete in the competition ran,
and then swam, a full mile, they returned to the beach to chug not one beer, not two,
but a full six-pack. And Wendy, standing by to interview a few
participants, got right in the mix… literally. As the participants exalted in their drunken
revelry, Burch pulled one guy aside for a live interview, not realizing he had a literal
bullseye with the words “puke here” written on his back in marker. The interview started off smoothly enough,
until another man enters the shot and throws up his daily intake of beer and breakfast
all over the guy she’s interviewing. “Noooo!” “It’s a locker room celebration, ladies and
gentlemen.” A good amount splashes off of the man, who
got his wish fulfilled that day, to be sure, and lands on Wendy, sealing her in internet
viral video stardom forever. An on-air exchange between Good Day New York
anchor Jim Ryan and chief reporter Dick Oliver in 2001 turned hilariously snippy. Oliver was field reporting in Chelsea regarding
a tenant and landlord dispute involving a broken elevator, but, according to Ryan, only
got one side of the story. Ryan set the feud in motion when he made the
poor choice of calling his colleague out on what he felt to be shoddy reporting, and the
whole scene unraveled live, much to the viewing audience’s delight. The NY Post posted a transcript of the incident
and it’s clear that Ryan was the one to cast the first stone. “Well, if I have to teach you how to become
a reporter Ollie, I’ll do that later.” Oliver kicks things up a notch himself with
his reply. “I’ll give you lessons on how to become an
editor because I was your boss once.” The station’s General Manager James Clayton
gave a quote to NY Post regarding the squabble saying: “It was a little tiff and both of them regret
it. Jim has wonderful reporting instincts and
felt it was a story [Oliver] needed to pursue.” During a 2017 interview with the BBC, conducted
remotely from his home office, professor Robert Kelly’s two small children barge into the
room and right into viral video history. Discussing a 2016 South Korean political scandal
involving Choi Soon-Sil, Kelly is shown talking into his computer’s webcam, momentarily unaware
that one lively child, and then another, burst into the room, living life to the fullest,
elbow dancing away as if the world at large isn’t tuned into their dad’s office. “What would it mean for the wider region? I think one of your children’s just walked
in.” When Kelly is alerted to his kids being in
the room by the person interviewing him, he looks tense, but a bit of a smile crosses
his face. Escalating an already hilarious moment, Kelly’s
wife is then seen bursting into the room in an attempt to discreetly wrangle the kids,
but ends up making more of a production than both of the children. Kelly and his family later gathered in that
same home office for an interview with Wall Street Journal, and Kelly explained that the
reason he didn’t get up to move his children himself during the original interview was
because he was wearing jeans. Just one of the many perks of working from
home and conducting interviews via Skype. “Blegh!” “I don’t know, man.” As of early 2020, the original BBC YouTube
clip had over 33 million views. Anyone who’s ever walked into work on Monday
morning and found themselves thrown into vapid chitchat, while keeping their own silent cries
just beneath the surface, can relate to this video. KTLA reporter Courtney Friel is reporting
live, tasked with the assignment of interviewing children about their upcoming first day of
school, when she comes upon 4-year-old Andrew Macias. When asked if he’s excited about his first
day of preschool at City Terrace Elementary in Los Angeles, Macias at first appears to
be enthusiastic. “Andrew, are you excited for pre-kindergarten?” “Yes!” From there, things start to unravel. His true emotions surface right around the
time Friel asks if he’ll miss his mom. What follows is a pure display of vulnerability
during which Macias’ face melts into visible distress, and then tears. Two years later, Friel caught up with Macias
to see if he’d recovered and he was able to keep it together a bit better. When asked if he’s going to miss his mom for
his next first day of school he answers honestly. “Are you gonna miss your mom?” “Yes.” “Yes.” While working as a weatherman for KMIR, a
NBC-affiliate station in Palm Springs, California, Chad Pradelli learned the hard way that body
functions wait for no one. While conducting a live weather broadcast,
Pradelli is in front of a weather map that he probably stood in front of with no issue
hundreds of times before, but on this particular day the poop, if you will, hit the fan. While pointing out weather patterns, Pradelli
twitches and crumples, making small, desperate grabs at his body, before finally asking for
the station to cut to commercial. “Oh. Excuse me. We gotta go. We gotta go to a break.” When another camera cuts to the news desk,
he’s seen in the background, wildly maneuvering towards what one could only assume is the
bathroom. According to his Twitter bio, Pradelli now
works as an Investigative Reporter for WPVI in Philadelphia. Hopefully by now he’s investigated exactly
where the bathroom is. On June 14, 2014 Detroit resident Charles
Bothuell phoned the police to report his 12-year-old son, Charlie, had gone missing from their
family home, according to a release from the prosecutor’s office. The day after receiving the father’s call,
police began their search for the boy, and asked for anyone with info to come forward. A timeline of the case published by WDIV Detroit
reveals that Charles Bothuell took a polygraph to determine if he had anything to do with
his son’s disappearance, but the results were found to be inconclusive. After police dogs were used to search the
family’s home, and the boy still hadn’t been found, the situation hit a dead end, but 11
days later, during a live appearance on the Nancy Grace show, Bothuell was told on-air
that his son had been found alive, behind a “makeshift barricade” in the basement of
his own home. “Charlie, we’re getting reports that your
son has been found in your basement.” According to a report by USA Today, the child
appeared to be very thin, and showed other signs of abuse on his body. When Nancy Grace breaks this news to Bothuell
for the first time during the broadcast his stumped expression says all there is to say. “Sir? …Mr. Bothuell, are you–” “What?” On January 19, 2016, the child got his revenge
when his dad pled guilty to fourth-degree child abuse charges and lost all parental
rights. Some would say the consequences should have
been way more severe, but at least it was something. When 10-year old Jonathan Ware was approached
by KGW local news correspondent Nancy Francis during the Rose Festival in Portland, Oregon
in 2007, he had one thing on the mind. Turtles. Wearing a t-shirt with a face fully painted
to look like a zombie, Ware stood patiently while Francis bent down to remark on his makeup. “What do you think?” “I like turtles.” Period. Following the newscast, the clip was uploaded
to YouTube and quickly went viral. In 2010, Ware appeared on the show Tosh.0
and was asked about the whole turtles thing. “Why do you think it’s so popular?” “‘Cause I’m funny.” “Ha ha. It was pretty funny.” Ware also got into what exactly had been on
his mind that day. “You had just seen a turtle exhibit.” “Yeah.” “That’s in your brain!” “Yeah.” “Someone asks you a question, I don’t care
if you’re painted like Godzilla, you’re still thinking about turtles.” Makes sense. In 2014 Bustle checked in with Ware to see
what he’s been up to since the whole turtle thing and found that he manages his own channel
entitled “TurtleTime.” There seems to be some Real Housewives of
New York City crossover potential there. “Turtle time.” During a 2010 broadcast of the Australian
News show A Current Affair, a man named Ray Graham gave a very lively re-enactment of
how he was chased into his home by a vicious seeming neighborhood dog. “And as soon as they saw me, they came bounding
over…” (barking)] As the site Know Your Meme explains, A Current
Affair followed up with the man after the clip was uploaded to YouTube and quickly went
viral, and he gave some insight into what he was feeling the day of the original broadcast. “Oh, I think it’s hilarious. Absolutely hilarious. I’ve seen it dozens of times now, of course. And every time, I just can’t stop laughing.” Graham’s wife Carrie, who he nearly knocks
over with his dog impersonation in the original clip, says that her main concern, looking
back, was the state of her hair, which she hadn’t had a chance to get done before the
interview. “And all I can think was, Oh my god, look
at my hair, I hadn’t had my hair done, I was going to get my hair done.” Fox 5’s Ted Pretty set out one fourth of July
to get some live reactions from townsfolk regarding the holiday, and the best fireworks
to purchase that season. Broadcasting from a sleepy looking stand in
Las Vegas, the reporter “happens upon” a youth in a blue Under Armour t-shirt inspecting
what looks to be a glossy fireworks advertisement. “Here’s an actual customer out here. Uh, what’s the best kinda firework to buy?” “Wouldn’t you like to know, weather boy?” Seeming stunned, Pretty angles away from the
kid. “Where are your parents?” The clip, which everyone took at face value
to be that of a reporter having his ass handed to him by a child on live TV, was too good
to be true. In a 2017 Esquire article, it was revealed
that the sassy kid in the clip was actually Pretty’s own son, and the whole thing had
been staged. So the answer to the question “where are your
parents?” in this scenario is: “At work, making fake news.” Yet another example of the many ways a person’s
body can betray them, Nashville-based reporter Alexandra Koehn battled live blizzard coverage
for Channel 5 and lost. While on camera, Koehn went into discussing
severe storms that were currently hitting Tennessee and parts of Southern Kentucky,
when her nose began running … a lot. Now sure, she’s only human, and runny noses
happen, especially in climates as cold as the one she was reporting from, but this level
of snot reached code red status. During her coverage Koehn was a trooper and
continued talking, even though the snot was now dripping onto her lips, and she was able
to finish her broadcast without causing a distraction by stopping to wipe her nose,
although she probably should have. Later, she tweeted from her personal Twitter
account: “People are cruel. I guess that’s a part of the biz. I did 8 liveshots in a snow storm, and was
working really hard!!!” Given the footage, her level of dedication
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HappyHappy JoyJoy · March 1, 2020 at 4:09 pm

More funny stuff like this please.

Timothy Newitt · March 1, 2020 at 4:14 pm

ToshO is frikn awesome.

Timothy Newitt · March 1, 2020 at 4:15 pm

Lol. Her hair looks WORSE in the follow up interview 🤣

Chris Shields · March 1, 2020 at 4:19 pm

This whole list could literally be all Mike Tyson interviews

Jessica Warren · March 1, 2020 at 4:34 pm

Lmfao i love this and the clip with the news guy who had his son say 'wouldnt you like to know weatherboy' he hesitated at first and if you look he was uneasy saying that but it was hilarious!!!

D Day · March 1, 2020 at 5:00 pm

The snot 😆😆😆

Marissa Bones · March 1, 2020 at 5:12 pm

I almost lost hope

Blue Beetle · March 1, 2020 at 5:27 pm

Hilarious 😄

DEN · March 1, 2020 at 5:38 pm

So that’s where snl got that skit from..

J. Mascis · March 1, 2020 at 6:09 pm


Paivi Project · March 1, 2020 at 6:11 pm


Be Water89 · March 1, 2020 at 6:32 pm

I love the guy doing the vicious dog reenactment. Priceless.

Be Water89 · March 1, 2020 at 6:33 pm

Just. Wipe. Your. Nose. I mean damn.

Gears And Guns · March 1, 2020 at 7:17 pm

Send it brother

michael randall · March 1, 2020 at 8:16 pm

Snot happens! And you don't always know that is is happening! Believe me!

Steve Sorrell · March 1, 2020 at 11:01 pm

She's still red-hot, even with snot on her lips! 😹

Murray Christie · March 1, 2020 at 11:14 pm


HardDie · March 2, 2020 at 12:26 am

He Was Chasing the Dogs Not The Other Way

David Fricker · March 2, 2020 at 12:50 am

Cute, mostly cute.

Cindy Dufala · March 2, 2020 at 2:14 am

Ted Pretty is pretty cool.

Grunge · March 2, 2020 at 3:05 am

Which of these viral videos do you think is the funniest?

Scott Muncey · March 2, 2020 at 3:35 am

It didn’t matter with that weather woman she was still beautiful .I would have wiped it for her. Damn pretty lil thing lol

John Mason · March 2, 2020 at 4:25 am

The nose running, I understand that, It happens. I'm sorry that it happened to her.

Jamie Lee · March 2, 2020 at 6:25 am

If you see a funny bunny with A runny runny nose,
Don’t think it’s funny cos it snot

juggamii nagalö · March 2, 2020 at 8:47 am

8:22 Where is the real Carrie??

Nathan Dehoyos · March 2, 2020 at 12:05 pm

Andrew Dice Clay on CNN is the best ever

Race Bannon · March 2, 2020 at 1:26 pm

At least the runny nose lady didn't pinch her nose and run off to the restroom like the pee pee pinching weather guy.

GunBunny JUNK · March 2, 2020 at 2:44 pm

Was eating when the reporter with snot running popped up. I was almost done with my plate. Like… almost done.

Tom 54 · March 2, 2020 at 6:06 pm

Wow! At 3:45 that is one beautiful reporter if I do say so myself 😍😍😍

Wally Weener · March 2, 2020 at 8:44 pm

Funny? Um…no it actually sucked.

Ms. Jack · March 3, 2020 at 12:32 am

The dude barking was the funniest!

Act Of Vengeance · March 3, 2020 at 5:35 am

I like Turtles too… TURTLES POWER!

Dave · March 3, 2020 at 8:02 am

Her name should have been Nancy Disgrace. That woman was so damn fake. I always called her "Pig In A Wig."

mrt57rn · March 3, 2020 at 8:18 am

7:42 He'd make a great zombie.

Sam Armstrong · March 3, 2020 at 9:48 am

Wait….that was the woman's hair done…lying old cow.

Sinister Minister · March 3, 2020 at 10:53 pm


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