Professor Robert Kelly speaks out about the hilarious moment his kids interrupted his live TV interview

Hanna Fillingham

Professor Robert Kelly’s live BBC interview was going well – until his young children decided to walk in midway through his serious discussion on the impeachment of South Korea’s president. The American academic was talking from his apartment in Busan, South Korea, to BBC World News via Skype last Friday, when his four-year-old daughter Marion opened the door to her dad’s office. The sweet little girl is seen walking over to Robert’s desk while he tries to gesture to her to leave. Moments later, Marion’s little brother, James appears on his baby chair – keen to not miss out on the family’s TV debut. Robert’s wife, Kim Jung-A is then seen darting in to retrieve her children from the interview, as the academic repeatedly apologises to the interviewer, James Menedez.

Robert's four-year-old daughter confidentally walked in to her dad's office during his serious interview


Robert's wife is seen ushering their children out of the room

Talking to the Wall Street Journal about the interview, which went viral as a result, Robert likened the experience as a “comedy of errors.” “I made this minor mistake that turned my family into YouTube stars. It’s pretty ridiculous,” he said.

Describing his young daughter’s mood that day, Robert explained that she had been in high spirits having been at a party during the day. “As soon as she opened the door I saw her image on my screen,” he said. “She was in a hippity-hoppity mood that day because of the school party,” Recalling the comical moment baby James entered the room, the professor added: “Then I knew it was over".

Robert has taken full responsibility for not locking the door during his interview, admitting that he wrote to the BBC after the incident to apologise again.

Praising his wife for quickly running in to try and smooth over the situation, Robert said: “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. They’re little kids and that’s how things are.”