Most Embarrassing Live TV Bloopers
In the TV business, those with experience say you should never work with animals and children. Maybe they’ve got the right idea, because this list has both! There’s also plenty of bad weather, bad behavior, bad attitudes and just bad, bad, bad — all caught on camera.
Live TV provides some great entertainment, but it always comes with some risks. Today, thanks to the magic of YouTube, hilarious moments caught on camera can be viewed over and over again. Let’s take a look at some of the most embarrassing, awkward and unexpected things to ever happen on live TV!
A Sketchy Sketch
The news anchor on KY3 couldn't help but chuckle at this sketch released by Pennsylvania police on their Facebook page after a robbery at a farmer's market. The child-like doodle was actually made by a well-meaning witness of the crime, but it was certainly strange that the police deemed it worthy of sharing.
Ain't Got That Swing
Ever wanted the ground to just swallow you up? I'm pretty sure that's what this weatherman must have been thinking. Just before the show's Activity of the Day segment, the hosts told their resident meteorologist they would be discussing "swinging."
What a Turkey
It's nice that this show livened up a topic as potentially bland as the stock market by bringing in props. However, when the prop in question is a live bird, let’s just say the idea could be asking for a lot of trouble.
Birds’ Eye View
To twist an old saying, too many hosts spoil the report. At least that's what this seemingly giant black bird probably thought when it photobombed KTVU weatherman Mark Tamayo's broadcast. Landing straight on the camera, the bird's beady eyes stared directly into the lens, making the creature seem much larger than its natural size.
A Model Example
As long as it's obvious that no one is hurt, then you have to admit it’s kind of funny when people fall. That’s even more true when they're strutting across a runway in seriously impractical shoes, like this catwalk model. And it’s doubly funny when they fall twice!
I find it pretty hard to believe this ice hockey analyst's head was so far into the game that he didn't realize what he was drawing. Even at the, ahem, base of the image, you can just sense what was coming (sorry). So, for the drawing to continue like that — without even a wry smile from its creator — was pretty crazy.
Going to the Dogs
It's fair to say this newsreader wasn't prepared for her unexpected co-anchor. The black Labrador retriever introduced himself with a woof, startling newsreader Ilona Linarte. Nevertheless, she continued, even when the disruptive doggie sniffed around the desk and leapt up to have a look at what was on it.
A Cold Front
Some people will do anything to be on TV. Take this baseball-capped, shirtless guy, for example. It’s not known whether the studio knew the guy, but they certainly laughed as he slowly sauntered into the shot, faced the camera, started wriggling and said, "thunderstorms, thunderstorms, thunderstorms." In any case, they didn’t seem to be in a hurry to get him off-screen.
Deliberately false names are often chosen to be funny, as proven by a man supposedly known as "Hugh Janus." The prankster, who worked at a local Long Island liquor store, was interviewed by news journalists who were attempting to report on a proposed power plant expansion.
Out with a Fizz
The Georgia Dome Demolition was a much-anticipated event, with people flocking to watch it all come crumbling down. Those who couldn't make it to the site were quick to tune in to channels with the best view, which The Weather Channel thought it had.
A Family Intervention
When American academic Robert Kelly appeared on BBC World News, his young son wanted to come and say hello. Daddy was in the middle of an interview, but he got the situation partially under control while the cameras kept rolling.
Professor of Security Studies Mia Bloom is an esteemed Canadian academic and author of several serious books. So, naturally, it was a bit of a shame when her appearance on CNN was interrupted by dodgy equipment.
It's Rude to Stare
This pair of photobombers went viral for the way they stared at Erin Andrews during the post-game NFL show on Fox News. The public even gave them their own nicknames: Beardo and Dreads.
Ice Ice Baby
News anchor John Knicely has been around for a while, so he probably remembers Crystal Pepsi when it first came out. Pepsi's attempt at a new, cool soft drink happened in the ‘90s, but the clear-colored beverage was never much of a hit.
Big Brother UK star Lateysha Grace was keen to show off her twerking skills during an interview. However, her form-fitting dress couldn't quite contain her booty when she turned her butt to the camera to dance — and pop!
Everyone wants to look their best, especially when you’re appearing on live TV. Apparently, this BBC news anchor's broadcast came a little sooner than she expected, and she hadn't quite finished boosting her hair.
Not So Cute Kitty
This is another older clip, but it deserves to be featured for sheer shock value. The young female lion on this early 2000s Mexican TV clip was calm at first, but its ears pricked up at the toddler whining — and then it lunged!
It's fair to say Australian Network Nine reporter Brittney Kleyn was taken by surprise when Mother Nature introduced her own props to the broadcast. Despite living in one of the most wildlife-rich countries in the world, Brittney was caught off guard and screamed when a parrot landed on her shoulder.
Bill Bowls Over
Bill Murray is a hoot, isn't he? A quick search on Google or YouTube brings up all kinds of funny business that the Murr-meister has been involved in over the years. This particular clip is a classic.
Top TV Trolling
Not content with keeping his trolling confined to Twitter, Jon Hendren took it to live TV. Somehow, he was called upon to give his views on a show about Edward Snowden. "Saying that he couldn't harm somebody with what he did — he could," Hendren said on HLN's viral news show The Daily Share.
Piers Morgan is a well-known, quite controversial figure. This makes British weatherman Alex Beresford's sass all the more hilarious. The beef between these two on This Morning is ongoing and includes Morgan calling the meteorologist "pathetic" and saying he "couldn’t hate him more" than he already did.
No list of embarrassing bloopers would be complete without a good old-fashioned flash. This NBC Bay Area news report about a Hillary Clinton fundraiser was suitably serious and discussed money in politics. However, a bold woman decided to donate something a little different to the cause.
Unlike the BBC's Carole Walker, Hannah Storm lets other people prep her look for live TV. She was about to read ESPN's SportsCenter report, and the hand of the make-up artist can still be seen in the shot, dabbing some last-minute touches on Hannah's face.
An Unexpected Guest
This anchorwoman didn’t have such an aggressive response when her shot was invaded, but that’s probably because she was clearly caught off guard. Wendy Burch was live on KTLA 5 when a cheeky bloke quietly crept up behind her to strike a pose.
Hot Hot Heat
By this point, we've established that there are four common reactions to live TV mishaps: confusion, annoyance, fear and humor. The latter approach was the one weatherman Cory McCloskey chose, rolling with it when his weather map went haywire.
What's in a Name?
Okay, come on! This is even more of an obvious prank than the entry above. Unfortunately, it hugely backfired. It was done in pretty bad taste, considering the seriousness of the report involving four pilots who died in an Asiana Airlines crash. However, newsreader Tori Campbell on KTVU-TV didn't bat an eye as she read out the rather ridiculous fake names.
Back to Britain here, and let’s be honest — we could make a whole new list featuring Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield's cheeky behavior on This Morning. They love to bounce comments off each other and frequently dissolve into giggles whenever there are puns or innuendos involved. So, it’s likely the producers knew full well what would happen when Holly demonstrated a rather jiggly shake weight.
It's important to dress carefully when you're on live TV, and Argentinian news presenter Alina Moine probably considered her little black dress to be a safe choice. As she discussed the Rio de Janeiro Olympics with her co-presenter Maxi Palma, she brought her hand up to make a gesture.
Giving Them the Finger
In sassy British weatherman news, a live TV moment captured Tomasz Schafernaker flipping the bird to his colleague. Anchorman Simon McCoy jokingly said that the forecast would be "100% accurate," which is a fair quip considering the unpredictable U.K. weather.
When Jennifer Pagliei was reporting on the developing snowstorms in Springfield, she did not expect to encounter a mythical creature. Unbelievably, that's what happened when a sasquatch crept into the shot. Intrigued, the cameraman panned across to follow the beast, as Jennifer continued with the report.