When Professor Robert Kelly’s kids interrupted his BBC interview last week, it’s safe to say they weren’t welcomed on screen.
The video went viral on YouTube, was shared 84 million times on the BBC Facebook page, and was also trending on Twitter under the hashtag #BBCDAD.
The professor who tried to shoo his children away during a BBC interview gone hilariously awry thought the same thing as everyone else once he watched the video.
Kelly told The Wall Street Journal that he initially declined after the BBC asked if they could post a clip of the interview (and after he wrote to apologize). “But they didn’t. And then I saw the door was open”.
It turns out their daughter Marion had been to a birthday party and was in a playful mood.
Kelly and wife Kim Jung-A speak out about that adorably hilarious interview fiasco which he now admits was “terribly cute”.
“We said to each other, “Wow, what just happened?”
Talking exclusively to the Wall Street Journal, Kelly said the impromptu cameo filled him with “a mixture of surprise, embarrassment and amusement and love and affection”.
The American academic said his minor mistake of not locking the door to his office made their family instantly famous. Then little James toddled in, and, “I knew it was over”.
“Our first response was mortification that we had just sort of completely blown our relationship with you”.
“It was some chaos for me”.
Once again, we can’t help but find ourselves laughing at Marion, the first of the children to make an appearance in the original interview.
“Yeah, we were pretty uncomfortable about it”, Professor Kelly agreed. I hope they stop arguing.
Jung-a also clarified that she is the mother – not the nanny – of the children, answering the argument in the social media, asking her role in the family. “I’m so fascinated by the fact that so many people assumed that woman was the nanny and not the mom”, read one tweet, while Romper.com wrote: “Are we really still, in 2017, openly stereotyping?”