News Reporters On Air Slip-Up Leads to Awkward Moment
Speaking is what I do for a living. It’s what puts food on the table, a roof over my family’s heads, and keeps the lights on. Every once in awhile though, my brain and my mouth don’t want to play nicely with each other and what my mouth says isn’t exactly what my brain was thinking. For example, many years ago I left the letter ‘r’ out of the word “shirt” live on the air. Funny how removing one letter completely changes things isn’t it? With that in mind, I can certainly sympathize with with this poor guy.
Ashton Altieri, a meteorologist for NBC affiliate 9NEWS in Denver, Colorado. As he wraps up his on location report, he decides to congratulate the sports guy back in the studio on his prediction that Indiana would beat Kentucky. Instead, this happened…
My favorite part is the look on his face when he realizes what he said. You can see it go from cool, calm, and collected to “Holy crap! Did I just say what I think I said? I did, didn’t I?” in about .000001 seconds. Notice how he looks off camera for a minute as he stumbles to save himself. I know that look, I’ve done that look. That’s the look you do when you’re hoping that somewhere within eyesight is some kind of salvation. A cute baby, a lost kitty, a purple dragon, anything that can distract the conversation away from you. You know it’s not there, but you look for it anyway. I’ve been there man, I’ve been there.