Family speaks out: What REALLY happened in that kid-crashed BBC interview

Professor Robert Kelly

A hippity-hoppity mood, a 3 second delay, an unlocked door and a child’s deep affection for her daddy combined powers to create one of the most relatable, viral videos of our times.

Here’s the skinny on what really happened during that completely lovable, kid-crashed BBC interview with the South Korean expert and his stealthy wife.

“Comedy of errors”

You’re probably one of the 20 gazillion people who have witnessed the hilarious Skype interview that was interrupted by a preschooler and a baby.

The (adorable) family in question have given their first interview and it makes us love them just a little bit more.

“It’s a comedy of errors,” Professor Robert Kelly, associate professor of political science at Pusan National University in South Korea and now viral superstar dad very accurately told The Wall Street Journal.

He explained that he was nearing the end of a long day of interviews, and that dinner with his family was imminent.

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“Hippity-hoppity mood”

Kelly’s wife Kim Jung-A, 4-year-old daughter Marion and 8-month-old son James were in the living room, ready to watch Kelly’s TV spot.

They’d just settled in, ordering pizza and Ms Kim was holding her phone up to the TV screen as Kelly went live, focused on recording the interview for the family archives.

Everyone was apparently in the best kind of spirits, Marion particularly chuffed after having her birthday party at kindy that day.

“She was in a hippity-hoppity mood that day because of the school party,” Kelly explained.

Marion’s ace day continued when she saw her dad on the TV SCREEN! Gasp! The little girl apparently jumped up and down with excitement, brimming with even more ‘best day ever’ feels.




So thrilled was the little girl to see her dad on telly, in fact, that she wandered off to find him, followed closely behind by her sidekick-in-a-walker, baby James.

Remember, Ms Kim was intently filming her hubby’s short appearance on screen, so she’d kind of missed what was going on in the background.

Also note that the telecast has a delay of a few seconds, so what she saw on her screen was a little behind what was actually happening in another part of her home.

Kelly, on the other hand, had a 100 percent live view via his Skype screen and could see what was happening at the exact moment it happened.

What happened was Marion.

“As soon as she opened the door I saw her image on my screen,” Kelly said.

This is the moment Marion swaggers in, simply delighted to have found the object of her affection.



Plot twist

Kelly said he figured the BBC would cut to a slide or change the camera angle to cut the kids out of the shot. As we now know, they did not. (Hurrah!)

At this point a flustered-yet-amused Kelly attempts to shove Marion towards a blow-up mattress and some toys that are apparently out of shot.

Plot twist:  Sidekick-in-a-walker, baby James, glides into the room in pursuit of his sister.

“Then I knew it was over,” Kelly told the Wall Street Journal.

The television telecast has now shown both kids on screen.


“He usually locks the door”

Ms Kim has now flown into the room in an attempt to save the day. She endeavours to stay out of the camera shot – failing delightfully, hurrah! – dropping to the floor and retrieving her children like a total non-invisible boss.

“He usually locks the door,” Ms. Kim explained.

“Most of the time they come back to me after they find the locked door. But they didn’t. And then I saw the door was open. It was chaos for me.”

When it was all done and dusted, the couple figured Kelly’s expert status was in tatters. He said he wrote to the BBC apologising for the incident, convinced he’d done his dash.

“It was funny”

Fifteen minutes later – the couple presumably commiserating over cold pizza – the BBC wrote back, asking for permission to post the ill-fated-yet-hilarious clip online.

After initially refusing, the broadcaster convinced Kelly that it was for the greater good, and the rest, as they say, is history.

“It was terribly cute,” Mr. Kelly said, now in full support of telling it like it is, family style.

“I saw the video like everybody else. My wife did a great job cleaning up a really unanticipated situation as best she possibly could… It was funny. If you watch the tape I was sort of struggling to keep my own laughs down.”

Kelly said while it was mortifying at the time, he’s glad his kids want to spend time with him and stoked that people got a laugh out of his family’s work-life balance struggle.

“They’re little kids,” he summed up. “That’s how things are.”

All we can say is thank GOODNESS he forgot to lock the door. Hurrah!


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