TV INTERVIEWS GATECRASHED LIVE ON AIR
By Toby Tunwase
Gatecrashes are increasingly attaining popularity on live TV interviews. With kids doing the most, parents can hardly go on TV without the craziest of interruptions.
The first viral live TV gatecrash was the popular 2017 “BBC Dad” interview. In an interview about the impeachment of President Park Geun-Hye of South Korea, Professor Robert Kelly was interrupted when his children burst into the room behind him to everyone’s amazement. Though his wife was able to salvage the situation, the memories stayed fresh in everyone’s mind. The family has even more recently become a viral internet sensation.
Though there have been a lot more interruptions, none of them ever retained popularity as the recent “BBC Mom” gatecrash. In an interview with BBC UK on the 1st of July, 2020, Global Health Policy expert, Dr. Clare Wenham was interrupted by her daughter, Scarlett. Trying to gain Dr. Wenham’s attention, Scarlett ran into her mum’s lap waving a picture of a Unicorn around.
“What’s his name, what’s his name Mummy?” Scarlett asked the minute she sighted Christian Fraser’s face (the BBC News presenter) on the screen.
With encouraging words and a level of consideration from Fraser, Dr. Wenham was able to attend to her daughter and return to her interview right after.
Well gatecrashes could go either ways. Sometimes they could lead to ridicule and consequent social media humiliation like the “Adele interview saga”. Other times, victims of live TV gatecrash become internet sensations. None is promised, so when next you go on TV, guard your space properly.