The INSIDER Summary:
- Robert Kelly, the viral BBC dad from a couple of weeks ago, gave another live interview from his office.
- He locked his door this time, so his kids didn’t interrupt it.
- That’s too bad, because his kids are great.
Two weeks ago, political science expert Robert E. Kelly discussed the very serious impeachment of the president of South Korea with BBC News. He appeared on a livestream from his office based in South Korea, where he is a professor.
Midway through the interview his daughter Marion bounded in his office “in a hippity-hoppity mood,” as Kelly later described, with his eight-month-old son James in hot pursuit. Moments later, his wife, Kim Jung-A, slid into the room and whisked them away.
Yesterday, Kelly gave his first live television interview since the incident, to CNN. He discussed a recent failed nuclear rocket launch test from North Korea and the political implications of the United States trying to strike a deal with the Kim regime.
His kids, though, didn’t burst into the room this time. As he said on Twitter, Kelly was sure to lock his door.
I’ll be on @cnni in an hour to talk about North Korea. And yes, the CNN producer made sure to tell me to lock my door
— Robert E Kelly (@Robert_E_Kelly) March 22, 2017
It was a disappointment to some viewers, who were hoping to see Marion and James again.
Watching Korea expert Robert Kelly live on CNN and waiting for that door to open. pic.twitter.com/tF3THFll41
— Daniel Kestenholz (@kestenholz) March 22, 2017
— H (@countrymousie) March 22, 2017
Kelly’s daughters interrupting his first interview was a huge viral phenomenon. It inspired parody videos, like one about what it would be like if a woman had her children interrupt a live television interview. And a followup interview with Kelly about the moment for The Wall Street Journal became their most-viewed article of all time after just a few hours.
Later, Kelly gave a press conference about the video, but his daughter, Marion, stole the show once again, inspiring new memes with her serious expression, adorable coat, and chic glasses.
If she isn’t President of Earth by the time I’m 80, I’ll be bitterly disappointed. pic.twitter.com/f5qEfaaPT7
— David Llewellyn (@TheDaiLlew) March 15, 2017
That BBC Interview Kid pic.twitter.com/VC2ZJdl4Hn
— James Chau (@jameschau) March 17, 2017
BBC interview kid has just been cast as Commissioner Gordon in the new Batman movie. pic.twitter.com/mM2aYgMOGM
— R. Eric Thomas (@oureric) March 15, 2017
tfw ur a goddamn star and u know it pic.twitter.com/8MfXIKCE7u
— Foster Kamer (@weareyourfek) March 15, 2017
In the Wall Street Journal interview, Kelly blamed himself for not locking his own door.
“I made this minor mistake that turned my family into YouTube stars. It’s pretty ridiculous,” he said.
He made sure to keep his kids out this time. But it’s our loss.
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