Professor Robert Kelly, who was hilariously interrupted by his children during a live interview with the BBC, has spoken out about the funny incident after the video went viral.
Robert was being interviewed live on BBC News, offering his expert advice on North and South Korea relations, before he was interrupted by his daughter, who walked in the room where he was being interviewed on video chat.
After entering the room, his daughter was joined by her baby brother who rolls in in his walker. Meanwhile, the dad tries to hold it together and keep a straight face, and decides to ignore the fact that his kids are in the background while he’s trying to talk about important political issues.
Realising that her children have gatecrashed her husband’s interview, Robert’s wife Jung-a Kim then runs into the room to get both kids, which made the video even funnier. It went viral almost instantly, reaching 84 million views on the BBC’s Facebook page alone, and getting media coverage worldwide.
Now the couple have spoken out about the viral interview, with Robert explaining that he was wearing jeans during the interview, which is why he didn’t get up.
He also said he normally locks the door during his interviews, but he forgot to do it this time.
Talking about everyone’s reaction to the video, the dad said he understood why people found it so funny.
‘Everybody we know seems to think it’s pretty hysterical. We understand why people find it enjoyable … It’s funny.
‘We laughed a lot, but still we were worried a little bit more’, his wife said, revealing they even had to turn off their mobiles and ignore social media for a few days as the reaction was so huge.
Robert, who’s a Professor of Political Science at Pusan National University, added that he was also worried that his relationship with the BBC would be over.
‘We were worried actually that the BBC would never call us again. That was our first response – mortification that we had completely blown our relationship with you’, he said on his interview with the BBC about the viral video.
Talking about his four-year-old daughter’s Marion swagger, which was most people’s favourite bit about the viral video, the professor told Wall Street Journal she had earlier been at a birthday celebration at her kindergarten.
‘She was in a hippity-hoppity mood that day because of the school party. As soon as she opened the door I saw her image on my screen.’
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