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We’ve all seen them: those outrageous bloopers on the news that make us laugh, cringe, and sometimes feel embarrassed for the reporters. But what are some of the most outrageous bloopers ever seen on the news?
From mispronouncing names to getting interrupted by unexpected noises, news bloopers are all too common. Here’s a look at some of the funniest and most embarrassing news bloopers you’ve probably seen in passing on META and YouTube over the years. So, if you’re looking for a good laugh or just a reminder of how unpredictable the news can be, read on!
During a live weather report on WLBT-TV in 2017, a little boy ran onto the set to deliver his own forecast. Without missing a beat, the boy exclaimed, “There are going to be farts and toots everywhere!” before being whisked away by an off-camera crew member.
Although the incident was undoubtedly a hilarious blooper, it served as a reminder that sometimes, unexpected moments can make for the best television. And hey, you can’t fault the kid for warning everyone about the possibility of heavy winds.
In 2014, BBC weatherwoman Carol Kirkwood made a hilarious mistake during her weather report when she announced that it was going to be 99 degrees somewhere and everywhere. Of course, this was impossible and caused a lot of amusement for viewers as well as everyone in the studio.
Kirkwood later explained what had happened, stating she had accidentally pressed the clicker too many times, bringing up the generic slide that has since found a permanent place on Carol’s personal highlight real. It just goes to show that even the most seasoned professionals can make mistakes on live TV.
Sam Wallace, a former weatherman for New Zealand’s Tv1 Breakfast show, was presenting a segment on a weather map when he noticed something unexpected. A cloud formation had appeared in the shape of male genitalia.
As the camera panned in on the offending cloud, Wallace was unable to contain his laughter, and the studio was sent into hysterics. He later admitted to finding it difficult to keep a straight face and referred to the incident as his “biggest weather fail.” In an unrelated move, shortly after the incident, Wallace made the move to radio.
Network: NASCAR on FOX
During an interview, NASCAR driver Ryan Blaney “accidentally” drank water through his face mask on live TV. Or so everyone thought. While many laughed at the blooper, Blaney insists he didn’t forget he was wearing the mask.
In a post-race interview, he explained that he was trying to stay hydrated while wearing the mask due to COVID-19 restrictions, and the act was mainly because he thought “it would be funny.” Apparently, everyone else did too. Kudos, Blaney, for putting a humorous twist on a tough situation.
Network: CTV Vancouver
During a 2012 broadcast, CTV news anchor Andrew Johnson had just finished getting a report from a field reporter about a lovely meeting sport from “back in the day” where people used to meet up to converse, share a few beverages, and ‘canoodle’ on occasion.
Poor, innocent Andrew Johnson thought ‘canoodle’ meant to chat. When sending the broadcast over to his colleague, he asked her to ‘canoodle’ with him, clearly misunderstanding the word’s meaning. A producer quickly let Johnson know what he had said, and the anchor promptly apologized.
In a classic example of a news blooper, Melissa Sander of WAGA-TV in Atlanta, Georgia, had an unfortunate grape stomping incident. While trying to show viewers how to properly compete in a grape stomping competition, Sander slipped and fell, shouting out, “Ow, ow, ow, stop, stop, stop!”
The program’s hosts showed true professionalism by not laughing and instead showed nothing but concern for their fallen colleague. Unfortunately for Sander, the clip went viral in no time. People worldwide were watching Sander’s slip up on YouTube. Lesson learned: always watch your step, especially when making wine on live television.
Network: KTLA 5
During a live broadcast in 2016, KTLA 5 meteorologist Liberté Chan’s dress caused an unexpected wardrobe malfunction. The color of Chan’s dress apparently worked a little too well with the green screen. However, Chan’s co-worker, anchor Chris Burrous, came to her rescue by handing her his suit jacket on air.
Despite the Negative Nancys or Pessimistic Pats out there who accused Burrous of perpetuating a sexist workplace culture, this act of chivalry was mainly met with applause. Burrous’ moment spread quicker than butter on a hot flapjack and even became a viral meme.
Not all news bloopers are caused by the anchors or field reporters missing a beat or messing up. A lot of the time, the production crew is to blame. A great example of this happened in 2014 while an unsuspecting anchor for WWSB in Sarasota was giving her evening report.
It’s not unusual for images to be superimposed on screen alongside an anchor as they deliver the news — they act as visual guides for viewers. But the photos should be just that, alongside or next to, not overlapping the reporter. In this unfortunate case, the anchor was left a little ‘pig-headed’ by the news of wild board running rampant in Sarasota.
It was supposed to be a serious interview about South Korea’s political climate. Still, things took a hilarious turn when Professor Robert Kelly’s two children crashed the live broadcast. As the interview began, Kelly’s daughter danced into the room, followed by his son in a walker.
Kelly tried to keep his composure as his wife frantically tried to retrieve the children. She slides into the room, trying to grab the kids and run. The hilarious family moment went viral, of course, making Kelly and his family internet sensations. And surely gave Kelly’s colleagues something to talk about at the next company party.
Network: WXII 12
During a live traffic report, WXII 12 News reporter Chris Lea decided to show off his athletic skills and challenged a cheerleader to a toe-touch contest. As an independent pro-wrestler, Lea was confident he could match her moves, but unfortunately, his dress pants didn’t hold up.
Despite his colleague warning him about the potential for a wardrobe malfunction, Lea took the risk and split his pants on live television. It shows that sometimes, it’s best to stick to your day job and leave the cheerleading to the experts.
Network: Channel 9
During a live weather report at Taronga Zoo in Sydney, Steve Jacobs, Australia’s funniest weatherman, experienced an unexpected encounter with a pelican. While standing by the water’s edge, the bird suddenly lunged at him and bit his behind. Despite the shocking incident, Jacobs kept his cool to the best of his ability. That is to say, he didn’t.
Jacobs did anything but keep his cool. He broke into hysterically nervous laughter and jokingly announced on camera that he was “going to be scarred for life” because of the incident.
Network: Fox News 45
One of the most hilarious bloopers to happen during a news broadcast was when Fox News 45’s Candace Dold cut to “Traffic Jam” Jimmy Uhrin expecting a traffic update. Normally, Jimmy would be somewhere amongst the commuters, reporting live to the second. Not this time.
Instead, Dold found “Traffic Jam Jimmy” a little preoccupied ordering a fish sandwich at a McDonald’s drive-thru. This unexpected interruption left everyone a little lost for words, except Jimmy, of course, who knew exactly what he needed to say.
As Nichelle Medina and Eric Kahnert discovered, live television is always unpredictable during a segment on San Diego’s KFMB-TV. While teasing a feature called “Zoo Day,” a resident ibis from the San Diego Zoo flew into the frame and landed on Ms. Medina’s head, jumpstarting the segment a bit too early.
Despite the unexpected guest, Ms. Medina remained calm and smiled as the bird perched on her head. The incident was all captured on live television, giving viewers a funny and memorable moment to laugh about.
In a cringe-worthy interview in 2014, KTLA’s entertainment reporter Sam Rubin made a huge mistake when he confused actor Samuel L. Jackson with fellow actor Laurence Fishburne. Fishburne had just filmed a Super Bowl commercial that was received quite well, and Rubin asked Jackson about it, mistaking him for Mr. Fishburne.
In true Samuel L. Jackson fashion, the legendary actor corrected him and explained that it was actually Fishburne in the commercial. Rubin was rightfully criticized for the mix-up, which led to a series of apologies and even a humorous public scolding from Jackson himself. Lesson learned: do your research before interviewing celebrities.
Network: Global Edmonton
In a segment that was meant to be heartwarming, things took a comedic turn when Ripple, a rescue dog, was brought on to co-present the weather forecast on Global Edmonton. As meteorologist Mike Sobel tried to point out the weather patterns on the map, Ripple had other ideas.
The cuddly canine was more interested in chewing on his leash and giving kisses on camera than reporting the weather. While Sobel tried his best to regain control of the situation, Ripple had stolen the spotlight and the hearts of viewers everywhere.
During a live weathercast, ABC meteorologist Karen Rogers made an inappropriate joke that took an even worse turn about co-anchor Jessica Boyington. While referencing Boyington’s social drinking habits, which she should have done in the first place, Rogers said that Boyington liked to be ‘double-fisted’.
Taken out of context, the comment has some obvious innuendos that are far less appropriate to discuss at work than how many beverages one holds on a night out. Luckily, the incident was handled professionally, and everyone was able to laugh off the improper word usage.
During a live broadcast, a TV personality attempted to milk a goat, but it did not go as planned. The woman apologized to all goat farmers, but her apology was cut off by a shocking comment from her co-anchor, who chimed in with, “And every ex-boyfriend.”
The field reporter was left stunned by the anchor’s quick-witted and inappropriate response and could only respond with a flabbergasted, “Wow!” As the segment cut back to the studio, the crew could not hold it together. The crew’s laughter and reactions were caught on camera, leaving a forever reminder that no workplace is safe from a little good-natured ribbing.
In a hilarious blooper, the BBC attempted to interview a guest using the free version of Zoom, which has a time limit of 40 minutes. Mid-interview, the session abruptly ended, leaving the guest and interviewer scrambling to reconnect.
This serves as a cautionary tale for organizations cutting corners on technology. Saving a few bucks here. Or there is great, but when it comes to cutting back on the product’s quality, it’s usually not worth it. Here’s hoping the starship test flight launch being reported on had greater success than the Zoom meeting.
In a shocking move, reporter Charlo Greene resigned on live TV after reporting on a medical marijuana business in Alaska. The now infamous exit line, “F— it, I quit,” caught everyone off guard, especially when Greene revealed she was the owner of the medical marijuana business she had just reported on.
The incident quickly went viral and sparked a nationwide discussion on marijuana legalization. While some criticized Greene’s unprofessionalism, others applauded her courage. Either way, Charlo Greene later admitted the whole thing was a stunt to garner publicity for her business.
In 2010, an interview on The View with Fox News commentator Bill O’Reilly took a turn when he stood by his statement that he believed Muslims were behind the 9/11 attacks. Not specific individuals but the religion itself.
This prompted co-hosts Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behar to walk off the set in protest. While exiting the stage, Goldberg shouted a few choice words toward O’Reilly in what is now one of The View’s most-watched segments. The incident re-ignited the national conversation about Islamophobia and sparked controversy over the treatment of guests on daytime talk shows.
In this hilarious blooper, a woman named Chelsea was being interviewed about running in the snow. She confidently declared that it was “the perfect texture for running” and that your “feet don’t get wet.” However, as she started running away from the interviewer, she slipped and fell.
Although Chelsea did get back up and give the “thumbs up,” this interview was the classic example of speaking too soon and getting caught up in the moment. Everyone can relate to making a mistake like this. Fortunately, they’re not all caught on camera. Or, unfortunately, depending on who you ask.
It’s everyone’s worst nightmare to make a mistake while giving a speech in front of a large crowd. But how about flubbing up during an interview on live TV? While clearly quite into what he was saying, the man leading this interview mistook the mic he had begun speaking into with the giant mushroom in his other hand.
The two couldn’t help bursting into giggling fits once they realized what had happened. And rightfully so. Needless to say, the rest of the interview was a lighthearted affair.
Weatherman Matt Taylor had an awkward moment during a live broadcast on BBC Breakfast when he was asked by the anchors if he was a Rick Astley fan. Answering honestly, he said no. Only then was Taylor informed that Astley was listening in and would be the show’s next guest.
Given a chance to correct himself, Taylor did just that. The second time around, he stated that he loved Rick Astley’s music. Despite the slip-up, Taylor managed to keep his composure and even joked about the incident later on.
Network: FOX 29
On live TV, Fox 29’s Mike Jerrick expressed his enthusiasm for National Naked Gardening Day. However, his statement took an awkward turn when he said he’d “like to see the hoes.” Co-anchor Alex Holley could hardly keep a straight face as Jerrick tried to clarify that he was referring to the gardening tools.
Despite his slip-up, Jerrick continued on with the segment, reminding viewers of the plethora of tools and accessories one could use to garden. It’s always important to double-check your words before you speak them on live television. Even trained professional news anchors can make mistakes.
One of the most memorable news bloopers in recent history was when WKOW Weatherman John Zeigler was interrupted by a playful Beagle named Griffey. As Zeigler tried to deliver his forecast, Griffey kept jumping up and trying to play fetch with him.
The two ended up playing together on live television throughout Ziegler’s forecast, with Zeigler laughing and trying to keep a straight face. With all his excitement, Griffey even runs into the green screen at one point but doesn’t skip a beat. Leave it to a dog to bring out the human side of news anchors.
Network: TG 5
Italian TV presenter Costanza Calabrese suffered an awkward wardrobe malfunction during a News Night program on the Italian TG 5 station. As she sat behind a glass desk while presenting the news, she appeared to forget that viewers could see through the glass. Her choice of a short dress led to the unintentional exposure.
The news story, which took place in December 2016, became a viral internet sensation, resulting in numerous reactions and comments on social media. Despite the wardrobe mishap, Calabrese continued the broadcast without any interruption or acknowledgement of the incident
During a live interview with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Jesse Watters Primetime, a Fox News reporter accidentally coined the term ‘Shanbles.’ Was this what they had hoped to say? Absolutely not.
The report was on the state of California’s senate race, and the Fox News team was hoping to paint California as a State in “Shambles.” The slip-up caused quite a stir on social media, with many viewers poking fun at the reporter’s mistake. In an ironic turn of events, it was Fox New’s telecast that ended in ‘shambles’, not its primary.
In 2012, Anderson Cooper had a very awkward interview with Sarah Burge, also known as the “Human Barbie,” infamous for spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on plastic surgeries — closer to $800,000 at the time — to resemble the popular doll.
During the interview, Cooper quickly grew frustrated with Burge’s defensive and evasive answers and eventually ended the segment early, calling her “dreadful.” After the interview, Burge tried to defend herself, but the damage was already done. Cooper’s bold move has since become a classic Cooper blooper.
In an attempt to show off her football-throwing skills on live television, Guilfoyle tried to sit down with her leg still extended, resulting in a revealing wardrobe malfunction. The incident angered some Democrats, who called for stricter censorship laws for television.
Despite the mishap, Guilfoyle continued on with her broadcast, proving to be a true professional in the face of embarrassment. This blooper serves as a reminder to always be cautious when living on air, as even the slightest mistake can have lasting consequences.
Live television can be a dangerous game, as MSNBC journalist Ken Dilanian learned the hard way during a recent segment. While discussing President Trump’s transition to President-elect Joe Biden’s team, Dilanian muttered two obscenities that left anchor Craig Melvin speechless.
The journalist appeared to be glancing at his phone when he let out the expletives, leaving Melvin to recover from the surprise interruption. While it may not have been Dilanian’s finest moment, it certainly provided some unexpected entertainment for viewers. Even the most experienced journalists can fall prey to live television bloopers.
Network: CBS affiliate KTVA-TV
Sometimes live news bloopers are intentional, like when a reporter quits their job on air. In 2014, Charlo Greene, a reporter for a CBS affiliate in Alaska, announced she owned a medical marijuana business and then quit with an F-bomb on live television.
She revealed she was devoting her time to legalizing marijuana in Alaska. The anchor was stunned, and the broadcast cut back to him, speechless. While the move was a bold statement, it is unlikely that it will go down as one of the most professional exits in news broadcasting history.
Network: Fox 35
In the world of news, it seems like the Kardashians always manage to make headlines, but for one news anchor, enough was enough. John Brown of FOX 35 News reached his breaking point during a segment on why Kylie Jenner had named her pet rabbit Bruce.
Clearly agitated, Brown declared that he refused to talk about the Kardashians and stormed off the set. Though he later returned, his outburst showed just how tired some reporters are of covering the Kardashian family’s every move.
While live news broadcasts often come with surprises, a bat attack is probably not something most anchors anticipate. However, that’s exactly what happened at KFOX14/CBS4 studios in North Mesa this week. Bats have been roosting in the building, causing chaos and interrupting newscasts.
On Wednesday, co-anchor Robert Holguin posted on social media about how they had to move to a makeshift studio after not one but two bats disrupted their 9 pm newscast. It’s not the first time these winged creatures have caused mayhem, interrupting morning shows and even causing the station to go off the air.
It’s not uncommon for live news broadcasts to feature unexpected moments. Still, few are as hilarious as when a Swedish presenter lets out a fart on air. The reporter had been holding in the fart for the entire segment, but as she was about to leave, it unexpectedly escaped. Sadly for the presenter, there was no mistaking what the sound was.
While it was undoubtedly embarrassing for the presenter, the incident provided a lighthearted moment for viewers, reminding us all that even professional news reporters are human and that anything can happen during live TV broadcasts.
Network: Global News
Live news bloopers can lead to some awkward and hilarious moments, as evidenced by the recent mix-up on Global News Morning Toronto. Hosts Candace Daniel and Antony Robart couldn’t stop laughing after anchor Liem Vu mistook Robart for calling him “Daddy” during a pet segment.
In reality, Robart was talking about his kids wanting entertainment. Vu’s confusion led to a memorable exchange before a commercial break, showing that even professionals can make mistakes and create funny moments on live TV.
Live TV can sometimes lead to unexpected outcomes, as Fox TV presenter Pete Hegseth learned the hard way. During a live broadcast of “Fox and Friends,” Hegseth attempted to throw an axe at a target. Instead, the axe flew through the air and hit a drummer who was performing behind the target.
Jef Prosperie, a drummer with the New York West Point drummers, was hit by the axe while performing a drum solo live on national TV. While he was able to recover from the incident, it serves as a reminder that live TV can be full of surprises.
Network: NBC6 South Florida
During a live broadcast, NBC6 South Florida meteorologist Chelsea Ambriz was caught off-guard when a visiting pigeon decided to ‘visit’ the studio. While the camera was showing a live feed from Hollywood Beach, the bird flew straight at the camera.
Understandably, Ambriz released a fearful hoot and backed away as quickly as possible, bracing herself for impact. As a display that proved Ambriz had a sense of humor about the whole ordeal, she shared the video on Twitter, joking about the moment the bird had ‘flown’ at her.
In a recent live TV blunder, Fox & Friends First booked the wrong guest for an interview. The show’s hosts were expecting an interview with a congressional candidate from Arizona. Still, instead, they ended up speaking with Massachusetts state senator Barbara L’Italien.
L’Italien, who is also a Democratic congressional candidate, took the opportunity to slam President Trump’s immigration policy and express her opposition to ICE. The hosts quickly realized the mix-up but let the interview continue, but not for long. Producers blacked out L’Italien’s mic, and the show’s hosts promptly moved on.
A TV presenter’s poorly-phrased question left her colleagues in stitches. While discussing a segment about a woman who bit into a worm on the show Today, Australian presenter Lisa Wilkinson asked her colleague Sylvia Jeffreys: “Did you swallow?”
The innuendo-laden question caused the news team to burst into laughter while Jeffreys struggled to maintain her composure. Wilkinson then carried on her conversation, oblivious to the double entendre. While it’s not the first time presenters have slipped up live on air, this blooper certainly caused some hilarity for viewers.
During a local newscast in suburban Detroit, a man was caught on camera skiing the streets while being towed by a car. As Jim Fouts, the mayor of Warren, Michigan, was being interviewed about the treacherous driving conditions created by a snowstorm, the skier slid into the footage.
The mayor didn’t hesitate to offer commentary, predicting that the skier would receive a ticket if a police officer was in the area. Shortly after, police appeared on the scene and pulled over the car and skier, showing that even on live TV, reckless behavior won’t go unpunished.
Network: 7 News
During her post-match interview after a comeback win at the Australian Open, Daria Gavrilova had an embarrassing slip of the tongue, leaving the crowd roaring with laughter. The 21-year-old tennis player was discussing her victory over Kristina Mladenovic when she accidentally said, “I am good from behind.”
She quickly realized the connotation of her words, covered her mouth with her hand, and blushed while talking to 7 News reporters. The incident was yet another example of live news bloopers that can happen to anyone.
Network: Fox Sports
During a live sports news broadcast, Fox Sports News presenter Katherine Loughnan mistakenly said ‘farting’ instead of ‘fighting’ while discussing the upcoming Brisbane test for the Australian Cricket team. The blunder was recorded by a viewer and shared on social media.
Despite the error, Loughnan carried on confidently without acknowledging her mistake. This is just one example of the many hilarious bloopers that have occurred during live news broadcasts, showcasing the unpredictability of live television.
In an example of terrible timing, KHQ news station in Spokane, WA, was reporting a serious story on a fatal car crash while staff members nearby in the studio were celebrating the Minnesota Vikings’ win. Their celebratory cheers could be heard in the background on-air.
The station apologized and said it was investigating the incident. This highlights the importance of professionalism in a newsroom and the need to maintain an appropriate atmosphere, especially during sensitive and tragic news stories.
Ever had that feeling of being caught daydreaming at work? ABC’s Natasha Exelby certainly knows how it feels. During a live broadcast, she seemed to have forgotten that the cameras were back on her. The hilarious blooper occurred when she was presenting an evening bulletin on Australia’s ABC News 24.
Caught off guard while playing with her pen, Natasha gasped and stumbled through the next segment. Eventually, throwing it over to the sports presenter to save her behind. While embarrassing, it serves as a reminder to stay present at the moment, especially when you’re live on television.
Network: Fox 40
During a live report on the Lodi Grape Festival, Fox 40’s Sabrina Rodriguez had an unexpected run-in with a baboon. The cheeky monkey grabbed the shocked reporter’s breast before looking straight into the camera and grinning.
Even with the unexpected interruption, Rodriguez continued her report and even joked with viewers about the incident. “He’s trying to cop a little bit of a feel,” she said with a smile. The hilarious blooper went viral, proving that live news broadcasts can be unpredictable and sometimes downright entertaining.
Network: WSFB TV
One of many bloopers that have happened during live news broadcasts over the years occurred during a live TV broadcast in which a news anchor accidentally identified the murder suspect as a hamster. The foible happened when the anchor flashed an image of a hamster instead of the actual suspect.
The suspect, Rodney Stanger, was being held in a Florida prison in connection to the murder of a 16-year-old girl. The news anchor quickly corrected herself, but not before viewers were baffled and amused by the hilarious mistake. And a little more terrified of hamsters than they were before the report.
The Global News team has experienced its fair share of hilarious bloopers. From the stations canine Weather Dog ‘Storm’ asking in the most dog-like way for some treats while live on air, a winged rodent disrupting a serious sit-down segment, and a wild coyote stalking a field reporter, the team has become a non-stop blooper reel.
Even the anchors aren’t immune, as one was caught daydreaming during a live broadcast. Despite these mishaps, the Global News team always manages to handle the situation with humor and professionalism, keeping viewers entertained and informed at the same time.
WJRT’s own Siobhan Riley went viral in 2013, but not for any reason she would have wanted. As it happened, she inadvertently sketched out what could be mistaken for male genitalia during a traffic news item.
Riley was updating viewers on local driving conditions in Saginaw on Tuesday evening with the aid of an interactive map when she accidentally drew…well, the picture speaks for itself. The video clip of her blooper quickly went viral, reminding us all of the importance of double-checking our work before presenting it.
During MSNBC’s coverage of the California wildfires, anchor Stephanie Ruhle made an unfortunate slip of the tongue when she accidentally said “farting” instead of “fighting.” It’s a moment that will make any adult giggle like a schoolchild, but it also highlights the challenges of live news broadcasting.
Ruhle managed to keep her composure and continue reporting, but it serves as a reminder that mistakes can happen at any moment, even during the most serious of news stories.
In 2013, KTVU made a huge mistake when they reported on the pilots of Asiana Flight 214, which had crashed at San Francisco International Airport. The station claimed to have obtained the pilots’ names from the National Transportation Safety Board, but they were actually fake, offensive names.
The station presented names such as “Captain Sum Ting Wong” and “Wi Tu Lo” announcing them as the lost crew. KTVU quickly apologized, but the damage was done, and the incident became infamous as a case of racist reporting. The station fired three of its veteran producers who were responsible for the debacle.
Network: Global News
During a live report at the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust in Nairobi, a reporter was interrupted by a playful baby elephant who found the reporter’s face to be the perfect destination for its trunk to explore. The adorable interruption brought laughter to both the reporter and viewers as the baby elephant showed no signs of shyness in front of the camera.
It’s unknown whether the elephant calf was searching for something to snack on or simply a playmate to goof off with. Either way, the moment showcased the unpredictable nature of live broadcasting — especially when wildlife is involved — and how unexpected surprises can often be the most memorable moments.
Network: Global National
Global National Anchor Farah Nasser found herself in quite a predicament while delivering the news in 2022. Nasser was forced to stop reporting mid-story after an unexpected protein-filled snack found its way into her mouth. Like a true professional, Nasser composed herself and continued on with the report, even after swallowing the fly.
Farah Nasser later compared her on-air mishap to when Ontario’s Premier, Doug Ford, swallowed a bee while speaking to the press just a few weeks earlier. The main difference is that Nasser handled the situation slightly calmer than Ford.
Network: Global News
When introducing Calgary reporter Leslie Horton during a live holiday news segment, the anchors announced her by her Christmas Elf Name, “Peaches Cookiefingers,” to which Horton replied, “Is that my stripper name?” The slip-up led to Horton miss-repeating the name as “Peaches Stickyfingers,” and hilarity ensued.
The moment quickly went viral, with many viewers finding it hilarious to see both anchors and the station’s field reporter laughing hysterically and unable to formulate full sentences. Eventually, every one composed themselves and managed to finish their holiday story.
During a live broadcast, KTLA Los Angeles anchors lost it after reading off a teleprompter about a sewage leak at a Nashville airport that had caused “soiled bags.” One of the anchors started giggling, and the rest followed suit. It was all downhill from there as they struggled to compose themselves.
“Is that corn on my bag?” one of the anchors questioned jokingly, only to be reminded by his co-host that they were live on TV. The news segment ended with them still trying to contain their laughter.
It seems that even weather forecasters aren’t safe from pesky computer notifications. During a live forecast on KCCI News in Iowa, weather lady Metinka Slater was interrupted by a pop-up from Microsoft recommending an upgrade to Windows 10. Slater initially tried to ignore the notification but eventually gave in and incorporated the technical blip into her presentation.
Slater reads the notification aloud and rhetorically asks, “Don’t you love when that pops up?” before finishing her weather forecast without missing a beat while using humor to deflect the awkward situation perfectly.
Sometimes, one small slip of the tongue can lead to a string of hilarious bloopers. During a news broadcast on WLUC, anchor Sam Bauman had meant to say “take us” but instead said “taste us” to his female colleague. The hilarity didn’t stop there.
While attempting to rebound from his slip-up, Bauman asked his colleague to “just do the meat.” Which, of course, means to move on to the “meat” of the story. Only viewers unfamiliar with newsroom jargon interpreted the term a little differently.
Network: ABC Australia
While reporting live on the morning news, ABC Australia’s Brittany Kleyn was the target of an unexpected attack by a friendly bird. As she attempted to continue her segment, the bird perched on her arm and refused to budge, causing Kleyn to panic and repeatedly beg for assistance.
Luckily, the cameraman was able to come to her rescue and safely remove the bird. The hilarious moment has since become one of Brittany’s most watched segments, with viewers worldwide continuing to laugh along with Kleyn’s unfortunate live moment.
Network: Fox 2
During a segment on “Salad Month,” a Fox 2 guest made a suggestive comment that left anchor Jason Carr red-faced and his co-hosts laughing uncontrollably. After showing the audience how to properly toss a salad, the guest turned to Carr, saying, “And I know you want me to toss your salad too, don’t ya?”.
The segment continued with an awkward shift in tone and a more stand-offish Jason Carr. Professionalism kicked in eventually, and “Salad Month” continued on without any additional on-air bloopers of note.
Network: CTV Winnipeg
During a live broadcast, CTV Winnipeg news anchors struggled to contain their laughter when they reported on a man named Thomas Thwaites who spent time living as a goat. He also happened to be awarded a Nobel Prize in biology for his work. The hilarious segment featured footage of Thwaites crawling around with a herd of goats and even eating grass like them.
The news anchors found it impossible to keep a straight face while delivering the story, leading to a contagious outbreak of giggles and laughter. Very often, the funniest moments on live TV are the unscripted ones.
Network: ABC 27
During an election night broadcast, Dave Marcheskie experienced an unexpected photobomb. As he discusses the night’s events, a man in the background looks directly at the camera before grabbing a flower vase and taking a healthy swig of flower water from it.
The man appears in no hurry to hide his actions, even toasting the camera and taking another gulp before the broadcast gets sent back to the studio. Marcheskie has no idea what is happening behind him, but the same can’t be said for viewers at home or the crew back at the studio.
In a fantastic live broadcast blooper, reporter Carley Gordan found herself in an unexpected and hilarious situation. While reporting on how the Asian carp are taking over US waters, Carley panicked when the finish flopped about, dropped the carp she was holding, and caused a chaotic moment where the fish thrashed around inside the boat.
However, the chaos didn’t end there – she stumbled over, tripping and nearly falling over the side of the boat. Although it must have been embarrassing at the time, viewers found the moment so entertaining that the video became one of the bloopers of the year almost immediately after filming wrapped.
Network: ABC-7, Denver
In this hilarious blooper, a news anchor can’t stop laughing about a story on ‘Bison Hump Day .’ As she tries to continue reading the script, she bursts into laughter repeatedly, making it hard to keep a straight face. This reminds us that everyone, no matter how old they are, will always be able to find humor in something immature.
It’s moments like these that remind us that we’re all human, and it’s tough to hold it together in front of the camera all the time, especially when something with such great potential to be wonderfully disastrous appears on the day’s agenda.
Network: Global BC
During a live weather forecast on Global BC, meteorologist Kristi Gordon got the fright of her life when a spider appeared on the camera she was using. The creepy crawler was right in front of her face, and Kristi was so startled that she let out a loud scream.
The hilarious moment was captured on live TV, much to the amusement of viewers across British Columbia. Kristi quickly regained her composure and finished the weather report. Still, the spider’s unexpected appearance added some excitement to the news that day.
In 2018, KMSP-TV meteorologist Jennifer McDermed experienced an unusual on-air mishap. During a weather report, an error caused multiple versions of her image to appear on screen, creating the illusion of multiple clones. As she continued to report the weather, the screen zoomed in, and the image of McDermed kept multiplying, much to the amusement of viewers.
“Ooh, that’s funky. What is going on?” McDermed declared as she danced her way through the technical blip. As more Jennifers appeared on screen, this “glitch in the Matrix” was too much for the weather lady to handle. Composure shot, she danced her way off-screen until the glitch was remedied.
During a live NBA game broadcast, a fan stole the spotlight by photobombing behind TNT commentators Chris Webber and Kevin Harlan. Unbeknownst to the commentators, the fan was initially picking his nose. The commentators struggled to stay on topic while attempting to continue their game coverage.
At one point, the man ‘digging for gold’ looks directly at the camera. He tries to act like he was just wiping his nose before giving in and winking at the camera — acknowledging he’s aware his “pick and swipe” had just been broadcast nationwide.
Network: WGN 9
During a WGN 9 weather report, weatherman Tom Skilling was going about his forecast as per normal when the screen behind him showed Birmingham had reached a scorching 201 degrees Fahrenheit. Obviously, this was inaccurate, as the highest temperature ever recorded on Earth is 134 degrees Fahrenheit.
The mistake caused slight confusion and a great deal of amusement among viewers, and Skilling himself couldn’t help but chuckle. After more than 4-decades in the business, Tom Skilling is still learning that anything can happen on any given day.
Network: NBC 12
During a news segment in 2016, Virginia anchor Eric Phillips had a hilarious slip-up. He advised viewers to “check your panties” for faulty rice cookers instead of “check your pantries.” The slip-up went viral, with many viewers finding it amusing and even creating memes.
Although no one was genuinely offended by the mistake, Phillips apologized for the mishap, as you do. Everyone understood that a slip of the tongue is typical when working in the news industry. It’s just unfortunate when it happens live on air.
Network: WBAL TV
While reporting live from the Maryland State Fairgrounds, Lisa Robinson was preparing to take a handover from the studio. Robinson was all ready, except for one thing. She mistakenly spoke into the turkey leg she was holding instead of her microphone.
Her mishap was met with laughter from the newsroom, and the foul blooper quickly spread across the web. While it may have been embarrassing for Robinson at the time, she laughed it off rather quickly and continued her State Fair report. She even took a bite out of the Turkey leg for good measure.
Network: ESPN Columbia
During a live broadcast on ESPN Columbia, anchor Carlos Orduz experienced a terrifying moment when part of the studio wall fell on him. We’re not talking about a small piece of drywall or anything like that. An entire section of wall fell forward in what looked like a fatal accident.
Orduz thankfully escaped with only minor injuries and was able to continue reporting. The incident serves as a reminder of the unpredictable nature of live broadcasting and the need for anchors and reporters to always be prepared for the unexpected.
Network: Fox 13
In 2020, Paul Dellegatto of FOX 13 News was giving a weather report from his home office when his dog, Brody, decided to join in. The golden retriever can be seen sitting in front of Dellagatto, climbing into his lap and nuzzling his face as he tries to deliver the forecast.
Dellegatto takes it in stride and gives Brody some scratches before continuing with the report. However, Brody wasn’t even close to getting the attention he was after. This heartwarming moment continued until the end of the forecast. At that time, Paul can be seen showing Brody proper pet-parent attention.
Network: Fox 10 AZAM
Sometimes, technology can fail us, which was precisely the case during Fox 10 weatherman Cory McCloskey’s forecast. The weather map seemed to have a mind, presenting outrageously hot temperatures in several townships, with some places reaching heat of nearly 3,000 degrees.
McCloskey, laughing uncontrollably at times, tried his best to continue with the forecast. He did a darn good job doing so. The weatherman’s improv skills were on full display as he worked his way around the weather map, engaging in witty banter with his colleagues along the way.
Network: WGN 9 Morning News, Chicago
In 2017, Chicago rapper ‘Chance the Rapper’ made a guest appearance on WGN Morning News Chicago to try his hand at being a weatherman. Although his presentation lacked polish, he won the hearts of many by showing a unique personality. He joked about the unpredictable weather and commented on his own wardrobe choice.
Overall, it was a fun segment that added some unexpected charm to the morning news. Despite the numerous concerts ‘Chance the Rapper’ performed that year, his live weather show might have been the best.
Network: CBS News
During a live news broadcast in 2021, a curious cat stole the show by interrupting a reporter and staring intensely at a fly. The feline’s hilarious distraction garnered more attention than the news story itself, with viewers finding it hard to contain their laughter.
While it’s not uncommon for pets to make unexpected appearances during live broadcasts, this particular moment was definitely one for the books. Luckily, the cat eventually lost interest and left the reporter to finish her segment, but not without leaving behind a lasting memory for viewers to chuckle about.
Network: ABC Action News
During a live segment about a pig in a wheelchair, a reporter for ABC Action News struggled to keep a straight face while speaking about Chris P. Bacon, a handicapped pig that uses a wheelchair to get around.
The punny name was enough to send the reporter into fits of giggles, making it difficult for him to continue with the story. Despite trying to compose himself several times, he could not contain his laughter long enough to finish the story, leaving everyone in the studio in stitches.
Network: CBS Dallas-Fort Worth
During a news report about car break-ins in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, viewers were distracted by a man riding a hobby horse and wearing nothing but underwear, socks, and a Darth Vader mask in the background. The photobomber galloped into the camera as the field reporter finished her story.
It is unclear why the man decided to participate in the photobomb. However, his unexpected appearance left viewers amused and baffled, making for a comical conclusion to a serious news segment. Making for a comical interruption to the serious news segment in what is just one example of the unexpected moments that can happen during live news broadcasts.
In 2001, Cynthia Izaguirre reported on a man who had climbed Mount Everest despite being blind. However, instead of saying he was blind, she called him gay. Although she corrected herself quickly, the blooper went viral and caused controversy.
Izaguirre’s co-host, Craig Nigrelli, segued to the next segment without missing a beat. After the fact, some folks were outraged by the mistake, calling it insensitive and disrespectful, but most simply laughed off the blunder. Izaguirre later apologized for her mistake, stating that she was flustered and misspoke.
In what was supposed to be a routine weather forecast, meteorologists at KLST station in San Angelo, Texas, stumbled upon an unexpected sight. During the live broadcast, they discovered a massive penis-shaped formation of thunderstorms on their radar map.
Trying to keep their composure, they reported on the unusual shape. Still, it wasn’t long before the giggles and laughter erupted on set. Despite their best efforts to remain professional, the blooper has become one of the team’s most awkward and hilariously unforgettable moments.
Network: KTLA 5
In 2014, KTLA news anchor Ginger Chan accidentally left her microphone on during a commercial break. When the news returned, her colleague, Sam Rubin, mentioned that his wife had commented about his weight regarding the others on the program.
Chan then doubled down on Rubin’s comment, calling him “fat,” before realizing her mistake. Rubin tried to make light of the situation, but Chan was visibly mortified. Despite the slip-up, the two remained professional and continued with the broadcast.
In 2022, KWWL sports reporter Mark Woodley was called in to cover a blizzard on location. Despite his years of experience in sports reporting, the weather proved to be a different challenge altogether. While attempting to report on the blizzard, Woodley was constantly battered by the snow.
The inclement weather conditions were less than favorable for the sportsman, making it difficult for him to even keep his balanced demeanor. Woodley’s determination to report in such extreme weather conditions and flexibility in making the abrupt, albeit short-lived, stay as a weatherman garnered attention from across the country.
Network: WGN 9
During a live traffic report, Sarah Jindra’s microphone malfunctioned, and she couldn’t be heard. Her colleague, jokingly and inappropriately, asked Jindra, “Do you need me to turn you on?” He was, of course, referencing her microphone, but his tone was less than professional.
Jindra tried to keep her composure but didn’t succeed, saying, “That was so creepy!”. Sarah’s anchor then appeared onscreen to give her his microphone, which was his intention all along, apparently. The blooper made its rounds on social media, with most people finding the exchange hilarious.
Network: NBC North Dakota
During his first day as a news anchor for NBC North Dakota, A.J. Clemente made a rookie mistake. Unbeknownst to him, his microphone was on when he muttered a few curse words under his breath while his co-anchor was busy introducing him.
While the incident was unfortunate for Clemente, it did result in a viral moment and subsequent fame he would have rather done without. Ultimately, the words he uttered were said in order to pump himself up for his first report. It just didn’t go quite as he had planned.
In 2014, Fox affiliate KDVR made a major mistake during their news broadcast. While reporting on a terrible crash, random images began appearing on screen via one of the anchor’s tablets. When a picture of Edward Scissorhands pops up, the anchor casually mentions who it is and continues through the slides. The next slide was not quite as PG13.
It was a photo of a man’s genitalia. And it caught everyone off guard. The station quickly apologized, claiming the image had been mistakenly selected. Unfortunately, the damage was already done, and a lesson was learned about checking the slides before going on air.
During a broadcast on WDBJ-News7, newscaster Holly Pietrzak had a moment that she surely won’t forget anytime soon. When speaking about the luck teenagers have to find summer jobs, her words didn’t come out quite as she had hoped.
Let’s just say even seasoned vets stumble from time to time. An ‘l’ was substituted for an ‘f’ in the most unfortunate of places. The result was a cringe-worthy slip-up that left Pietrzak flustered. Despite the profane mistake, Holly’s street ‘cred’ went up with teenagers nationwide — probably.
In a live broadcast on WDBJ7, news anchor Susan Bahorich couldn’t contain her laughter while reporting on a swimming cat. As the video played, Bahorich giggled and even had to pause the segment to regain her composure. The cat, who belonged to a Virginia family, was taught to swim in order to help it lose weight.
Bahorich was overcome by her own contagious laughter. She could barely get a word out while watching Holly partake in aqua-therapy while wearing a life jacket to help her float.
Network: Global News
During a Christmas segment, Global News’ Leslie Horton made artichoke dip using her own recipe, and it went “terribly wrong.” After tasting the dip, co-anchors Scott Fee and Jordan Witzel were left with disgusted faces.
Horton apologized and tried to make light of the situation, but Fee couldn’t hide his disgust, needing something to wash the taste away. It seems rather unlikely that Witzel or Fee will promote their colleague’s cooking ability anytime soon. And even less likely, Horton will volunteer to show off her skills again.
Network: Channel 9 Australia
During a live interview with 93-year-old Sylvia, the hosts of Channel 9’s Today Show in Australia couldn’t contain their laughter when the senior citizen told a raunchy joke. The joke involved what she was hoping she and soon-to-be husband, 88-year-old Frank, would be doing on their wedding night.
As the segment was sent back to the studio, both hosts struggled to maintain their composure, eventually resulting in Karl Stefanovic doubling over in laughter and Lisa Wilkinson struggling to catch her breath. Needless to say, neither host expected someone in their twilight years to speak the way Sylvia did.
With decades of work in the industry under his belt, Leon Bibb was already a superstar in his own right before the viral blooper that helped his name become popular outside of the industry. In 2014, Ohio news anchor Leon Bibb had an unfortunate slip of the tongue while reporting on a Valentine’s Day event.
Instead of saying “cities,” he accidentally said “titties,” sending his viral status skyrocketing. Not that he needed any extra help. But he got it anyway. Bibb’s blooper was even the topic of conversation on late-night TV.
Network: ABC Texoma
During a new report, ABC Texoma’s Erin Conrad made an unexpected comment that left viewers and her co-anchors in shock and, later, hysterics. Conrad saw herself on the screen just before going live, or so she thought. To which she remarked, “I so pale.”
Of course, the live show had begun, and viewers at home witnessed Conrad’s comment as it happened. The comment was followed by an awkward silence by co-anchor Cathy Evans Corbett before Corbett was ablated to compose herself and carry on. Fortunately, the hesitation did not last long, but there was definitely no missing it.
During a local news station segment, an ABC Action News anchor struggled to contain his laughter when reporting on a pig with a deliciously hilarious name. The pig, born without use of his hind legs, had become an internet sensation due to his owner’s determination to give him a better quality of life.
While the anchor attempted to deliver the story, he continuously burst into fits of laughter, causing those in the studio to join in on the giggles. For those who missed the segment when it aired, the pig’s name was Chris P. Bacon. That’s right.
Network: NBC News 4
During a live broadcast on NBC News 4 in 2008, Sue Simmons made headlines when she accidentally dropped the F-bomb. While the incident has been widely reported, many may not know that Simmons’ outburst was directed towards her co-anchor, Chuck Scarborough.
Simmons was caught off guard when Scarborough was playing with his “computer thing, his Google thing” (her words). Simmons turned to him and said, “What the f*** are you doing?” The moment has since become a classic blooper in live television history.
During a live news segment, KY3 news anchor Ethan Forhetz couldn’t hide his laughter when a police sketch of a suspect was revealed. The drawing was so bad that Forhetz couldn’t believe it was an actual depiction of the suspect.
Forhetz continued to laugh and poke fun at the drawing, unsure if it was a joke or not, causing others in the studio to nervously laugh along. Despite the severe nature of the story, the hilariously lousy police sketch became the main focus of the segment and went viral on social media.
During a virtual committee meeting of the UK Parliament’s Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport Committee in 2020, a furry friend made an unexpected appearance. Rocco, the cat of committee member John Nicolson, wandered onto the keyboard and sat in front of the screen, tail held high.
2020 brought several unknown variables into the world; the incident caused a momentary interruption in the seriousness of it all and gave those involved in the meeting something to laugh about. At one point, the committee member had to remind Rocco to “put your tail down,” in a moment neither Nicolson nor those at the video conference will soon forget.
Network: KTVU FOX 2
During a live weather report for KTVU FOX 2, meteorologist Mark Tamayo was unexpectedly joined by a feisty bird that hopped onto the weather camera’s lens and remained there for a portion of the segment. Tamayo continued with the forecast as much as he could but was too amazed at the incredible wildlife shot the team’s “eye-in-the-sky” was providing.
The bird peered down unknowingly and went about its business. At the same time, Tamayo was so delightfully stunned by the interruption that he mentioned he would need some extra time to complete his forecast. While unexpected animal appearances during live news reports can cause chaos and disruption, this particular incident did not.
Network: ABC 7 Denver
In 2020, Ryan Marshall, a meteorologist for ABC7 Denver, had a complete meltdown on live TV while reporting on a snowfall he had predicted. When Marshall had initially given his forecast back at the studio, he mentioned the snow that would be arriving later. And later, it did arrive. As did Ryan at the scene of the…snow?
Marshall told producers, anchors, and viewers how displeased he was with being sent on location to report on the snowfall everyone was expecting. When asked what he’s seeing out there, the weatherman very passive-aggressively says, “Snow, I see snow.” He then proceeded to get more and more frustrated, causing his eventual full-blown meltdown.
In what may have been one of the most uncomfortable moments in morning television history, Breakfast Television’s Devo Brown and Sid Seixeiro tried out period cramp simulators live on air courtesy of Lux Perry, CEO and co-founder of Somedays.
The segment aimed to raise awareness about the pain and discomfort many women experience during their menstrual cycles. As Brown and Seixeiro writhed in pain, their fellow hosts couldn’t help but laugh at the situation’s absurdity and applaud the gentlemen for their “courageous” efforts. It’s safe to say Sid and Devo won’t be giving anyone a hard time for taking time off due to menstrual cramps.
Network: Fox 13 News Utah
On April Fool’s Day, Fox 13 News Utah weatherman Dan Pope received a visit from a man in a green suit that was invisible to viewers. Pope saw the individual as they approached, but viewers did not. To the naked eye, it looked like Pope was having a few issues and seeing someone who wasn’t there.
However, Dan quickly proved his sanity by putting the green person’s arm in front of his face, giving the illusion that it had disappeared. Seeing the distortion on the screen proved to viewers Pope was not alone in front of that green screen. It also capped off a fantastic April Fool’s joke played on the meteorologist.
Network: Global News
During a segment on Calgary’s Global News Morning, meteorologist Jordan Witzel had a hilarious mix-up when discussing the activity of the day. Instead of talking about swings at playgrounds, Witzel assumed the segment was about ‘swinging’ or partner swapping.
At one point, he even attempted to make a joke about the time when ‘swinging’ was acceptable to be spoken about in public. Much to the amusement of his co-hosts, Witzel mentioned their younger years as said era of open swingers. It’s moments like these that make the news all the more entertaining for viewers.
Network: Global News
During a live broadcast on the Calgary Morning News, weatherman Jordan Witzel decided to spice things up a bit by donning a pair of daisy dukes. Okay, so they weren’t real Dukes, but they were a pair of jeans that Witzel cut the legs off. Keeping the pockets intact, of course.