Amusing TV Anchor Slip-Ups That Happened Live On Air

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Nobody is perfect. But most people have the luxury of keeping their mistakes to themselves when they mess up. News anchors, however, have no such luck when they’re live on air. Furthermore, their mistakes can reach an audience of millions when clips go viral. And, as the following examples will demonstrate, even the most educated of professionals aren’t immune to hilarious blunders.

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Here, as Dutch reporter Claudi Groot Koerkamp does a piece to camera, all is going swimmingly – pardon the pun. She walks across the deck without tripping, eyes trained firmly on the camera. She reaches her subject and perches on the side like a pro. Then, she reaches for a rope, loses her balance and the only thing swimming is her as she plunges into (presumably freezing cold) water….

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Working from home can be challenging when you have a young family. Things start to go wrong for Professor Robert Kelly in March 2017 when his daughter bursts in while he is being interviewed by the BBC about South Korea. Then her younger brother zooms through the door in his baby walker. Then a panicked mom comes in to grab them, hoping that no one has noticed. Well, nearly 33 million have so far…

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Television isn’t always red carpet and glamor. Indeed, the life of a journalist is hard, especially when working early bulletins. Some are even up and at it during what the rest of us call the middle of the night. The best course of action is to chug a gallon of coffee. Or why not take a nap on live TV, like Fox News’s Sean Hannity?

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Sometimes it’s nothing to do with the personnel; rather, their equipment lets them down. Fox 10’s Cory McCloskey knew something was up when his weather map forecast temperatures of 750 degrees near Phoenix, Arizona, in January 2015. Things were even worse in Cave Creek where it apparently hit 2,960 degrees Fahrenheit. However, McCloskey kept his cool, commenting, “I think steel boils at this temperature,” as he hilariously joked his way through the malfunction.

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