Everyone makes mistakes, that’s just a fact. And sometimes those mistakes will happen at work, but when you’re a news anchor or reporter, that means your snafus will be broadcast on live TV. Thanks to our booming technological advances, the clip will also be archived in the deep dark crevices of the internet and spread among the masses. So be careful out there friends! You never know when one of your innocent flubs will go viral and literally break the internet. We’ve collected some of the most hilarious moments caught on live TV just for you, so read on and prepare to LOL!
1. Surprise Guest
This reporter was live on the air doing a segment on LA’s bid to host the 2024 Olympics when a man decided to creep up behind her and stand uncomfortably close. The reporter, Wendy Burch, was deep in concentration and didn’t notice.
The man was so close she must have felt his breath on her back. When she finally turned her head she jumped and screamed in terror. She laughed the incident off, but really dude? Why? Do us all a favor people, don’t bother others while they’re working.
2. When in the Netherlands…
This Dutch reporter wanted to make a splash in her interview with the mayor. Unfortunately, that’s just what happened. They were apparently filming a promotional video for an Easter Festival when she lost her balance leaning against the side of the boat.
The reporter tried unsuccessfully to hold on to the rope next to her but ended up falling into the water. Clearly, there was mass-confusion around her as the mayor attempted to use his mayoral chain to pull her back up and the sound guy tried to fish her out with his boom mic.
3. I Feel The Earth Move Under My Feet
Sometimes news anchors can find themselves in dangerous situations, even when they are in the studio. This Los Angeles news team’s live broadcast was interrupted by an unusually strong earthquake. The anchors shouted in fear, “we’re having an earthquake” and ducked for cover.
The cameras could be seen shaking and the overhead lights could be heard rattling while the news anchors hid under the desk in front of them. While it’s certainly understandable why the news anchors acted the way they did (safety first and all), Jimmy Kimmel, and other comedians, publicly mocked and teased them… including the male anchor’s own children.
4. Sometimes Snow Sucks
This Milwaukee weather reporter must have drawn the short stick. She was sent out during a snow storm to report live. But after being out in the freezing cold for hours, she lost her cool. During a live report, she decided to give audiences the honest truth.
“I’ve been here since, what, 3:30 this morning, it is now, I don’t even know what time it is, 9:45. I’m exhausted, I’ve run out of things to say. It is snowing, and it sucks here!” she declared. Her rant was met with cheers of glee and laughter from both viewers and her producers.
5. Teleprompter Trickery
It’s no secret that news anchors read from a teleprompter, so the person in charge of what’s written needs to be trustworthy. Otherwise, you might find yourself reading something incredibly embarrassing. But that wasn’t exactly the case with this woman.
This Huntsville, Alabama, news anchor was tricked into announcing her own marriage proposal! Under the guise of receiving exclusive breaking news, she read that she was being proposed to. Luckily for the guy, she said yes. After that, the weatherman reported that there would be a “100 percent chance of some tears of joy tonight.”
6. Meteorology Can Be Exciting
Fox59 Meteorologist Jennifer Ketchmark was giving her regular weather report when the producers switched to a tower cam overlooking central Indianapolis. Right at that moment a rogue hornet attacked the camera lens. Ketchmark screamed in terror and quickly fled the frame.
After the incident, she even commented that she would end up on a blooper reel on the internet… Well, Jennifer, you did. In the end, she pulled it together and finished her segment without further drama but confessed that she would be regretting her reaction for a long time.
7. Criminal Rodents
During a very serious segment about the disappearance of a sixteen-year-old named Molly Bish Channel 3 put up a photo of the man suspected to be involved in the crime. Rodney Stanger was indeed the suspected man, but instead of his picture, there was a picture of a hamster.
The news anchor kept her cool (when many others might have had a laugh attack) and explained, “Well, no this is not Rodney Stanger obviously.” She promised they would re-show Stanger’s photo later on. Molly Bish’s body was discovered in 2003, the killer has yet to be identified.
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