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BBC interview crashed by professor's children becomes early frontrunner for viral video of the year

Academic commended for attempt to continue conversation despite interruption

Benjamin Kentish
Friday 10 March 2017 21:53 GMT
BBC interviewee's kids burst into room during live Skype interview about South Korea

A BBC interview in which a professor was interrupted by his two children has gone viral, sparking a jubilant reaction on social media.

Professor Robert Kelly, a Political Science expert at Pusan National University, was being interviewed from his home on the issue of South Korean politics when his two young children walked into the room.

First came a young girl wearing sunglasses. Professor Kelly attempted to push his child away but the youngster was soon joined by her sibling as a baby tottered into the room.

While the academic attempts to carry on with the interview, a woman rushes into the room, apparently doing her best not to be seen, grabs the children and takes them out. On her hands and knees, she reaches back to close the door – still desperately trying to avoid the camera.

In response to a Twitter user commenting on the clip, Professor Kelly wrote: “Is this [the] kinda thing that goes ‘viral’ and gets weird?”

The clip has now been viewed more than 10 million times. Social media users described the video as the “funniest thing the BBC has ever broadcast”.

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