The world watched Robert Kelly’s young children interrupt his live Skype interview on BBC News, and now the father is speaking out on his family’s viral moment.
“It’s a comedy of errors,” Kelly said of the ordeal in an interview with The Wall Street Journal.
Last week, the political science professor was getting ready to discuss the impeachment of South Korean President Park Geun-hye, but little did he know that his family was about to make the news. Having forgotten to lock his door, his children came barreling in his office during the broadcast, and his wife, Kim Jung-A, ran in to retrieve them.
Despite his many conflicting emotions, which Kelly described as a combination of “surprise and embarrassment and love and affection,” he was able to laugh it off, and praised his wife for how she jumped into action. “If you watch the tape,” he said, “I was sort of struggling to keep my own laughs down.”
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As it turns out, his daughter Marion was simply feeling social when she entered the room. “She was in a hippity-hoppity mood that day because of the school party,” said Kelly.
Jung-A noted that this sort of situation has “happened all the time for us,” though having it happen during an interview was definitely a first.
The new YouTube stars will be holding a press conference Wednesday at South Korea’s Pusan National University, where Kelly teaches political science. According to WSJ, the purpose of the conference is to address the Korean media’s interest in the viral moment.
Watch the WSJ interview above.