This post was edited by Hinge at 2017-3-15 15:23|
(MSN News)--It is the moment all working parents dread: being at home on an important call, only to be interrupted by a curious child who wants to join in.
One professor has seen that fear realised in spectacular fashion, after his two tiny children stole the show during a live television performance today.
Small children can be seen behind Professor Kelly
A tiny intruder interrupted the broadcast
the children were gathered up and taken into another room
Professor Robert Kelly, an expert on Korean politics, was appearing on BBC World to discuss the serious issue of the impeachment of South Korea's president Park Geun-hye.
But his learned discussion on the 11am bulletin was interrupted by his toddler daughter, who burst into his study swiftly followed by her brother in a baby walker and, finally, their harrassed mother.
Prof Kelly became a worldwide internet sensation within hours, after a producer on the programme published the video to Twitter with the words: "When the kids interrupt you in the middle of live TV... A lovely moment and masterfully handled by our guest this morning on South Korea".
Prof Kelly himself did not appear to immediately embrace his newfound fame, asking whether the footage was likely to go “viral” and “get weird” before disappearing offline.
Prof Kelly works for Pusan National University, and is a regular contributor to broadcast and print news on the topic of US policy in Korea.
Living in Busan with his wife, Jung-a Kim, he has two children named as Marion, three, and baby James on the family’s open social media pages.
The two tiny scene-stealers have now been celebrated around the world, causing hilarity with their dramatic arrival on screen.
Prof Kelly was talking to presenter James Menendez about President Park being ousted from power when his elder daughter, wearing a yellow jumper and pink glasses, marched into the room behind him.
Chewing what appeared to be a pen, she attempted to stand next to her father at his desk, staring intently at the computer camera broadcasting directly to the BBC.
Swatted away with a firm arm, she cheerfully settled down on the bed, unwittingly knocking over books arrange carefully on top of it adding gravitas to the spare room interview.
As Prof Kelly ploughed on with his analysis, her little brother added insult to injury by propelling himself through the open door in a baby walker, arms flailing, to join the new family get-together.
A mere second later, a panicking woman skids into view at the doorway, sliding over the wooden floor in her socks in desperation to reach the errant children.
Prof Kelly’s wife, a yoga teacher, crouches low on the floor in a failed attempt to avoid the camera, grasping both children firmly by their arms as she steers them back to where they belong.
In an excruciating few seconds, she is seen maneuvering them out of the door and closing it behind them, as viewers heard the wails of a disappointed toddler echoing down the corridor.
Shutting his eye in despair, Prof Kelly told the BBC studio: “My apologies. Sorry.”
He was immediately reassured by new fans around the world, who told him it was the funniest video of the year and had made their day.
The academic's mother, Ellen Kelly from Cleveland, Ohio, said the incident may have occurred after the children thought they were Skyping their grandparents, calling the scene "hilarious".
She told MailOnline that the children "probably heard voices coming from the computer and assumed it was us", disclosing her son had initially been "a little disturbed" and "probably just embarrassed" with his newfound fame.
A BBC spokesman said: “We're really grateful to Professor Kelly for his professionalism. This just goes to show that live broadcasting isn't always child's play.”