The man at the center of a viral BBC interview who was unceremoniously interrupted by his children live on air said on Wednesday (March 15) he was flattered by the many “gentle sentiments” his family had received after millions watched the video online.
Robert Kelly, an American associate professor at Pusan National University in South Korea, had been speaking to the BBC via Skype about the impeachment of President Park Geun-hye, when his daughter marched confidently into his home office.
His nine-month-old son, James, slipped in shortly afterwards in a baby walker, followed by his wife, Kim Jung-a, who dramatically chased and expertly extracted both children as Kelly tried to maintain his on-camera composure.
“We are just a regular family and raising two young children can be a lot of work,” Kelly said during a news conference at the university. “We love our children very much, and we are happy that our family blooper—our family error on television—brought so much laughter to so many people.”
Kelly’s four-year-old daughter, Marion, who captured the internet’s attention with her bright yellow top and confident swagger, sat beside Kelly during the news conference. Kim held baby James on her lap.
The video was widely shared on social media, with the majority of comments expressing amusement over the incident. One version of the video on a BBC Facebook page had over 86 million views as of Wednesday.
Kelly, who is an expert on North and South Korea and makes regular international media appearances, said he hoped the light-heartedness of the video would not harm him professionally.