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Robert Kelly finds himself in a unique situation during his interview with the BBC. Credit: BBC Newsbeat

A 'comedy of errors' transformed a home-office Skype interview into a viral sensation


Last Friday, a seemingly routine oversight transformed into a viral sensation, catapulting one average family into YouTube stardom. Now, the man at the epicenter of the hilarious video, in which his four-year-old daughter joyously skipped into the room where he was taping an interview with BBC, shared the "comedy of errors" that led to the notorious moment, the Wall Street Journal reported.

Robert Kelly, an expert on East Asian affairs, blamed himself entirely for his daughter's intrusion, admitting that he forgot to lock the door.

As soon as she opened the door I saw her image on my screen
Robert Kelly

When the intrusion occurred, Kelly's wife, Kim Jung-A, was watching the interview with the couple's two young children, Marion and eight-month-old James, in their living room while eating pizza. She said she was filming the TV screen with her phone so that her husband would be able to watch the hit soon after the interview was over.

“He usually locks the door,” Kim said. “Most of the time they come back to me after they find the locked door. But they didn’t. And then I saw the door was open. It was chaos for me.”

WATCH | Two children crashed their father's interview with the BBC.

Marion, the adorable girl who flaunted a bright yellow sweater in the video, wasn't the only child to make it into the room. Following the strides of his older sister, James was soon seen in the video in his baby-walker.

After recognizing what was happening, Kim busted into the room where the interview was taking place, sliding in her socks across the hardwood floor in an attempt to remove the children from the room. 

But it was too late: The couple's children had unexpectedly made their debut on television, and the video has since been viewed more than 84 million times on the BBC Facebook page.

As to why the couple's daughter Marion was so enthusiastic, Kelly said she was in high spirits after enjoying her birthday party earlier that day at kindergarten.

“She was in a hippity-hoppity mood that day because of the school party,” said Kelly, who was initially brought on for a BBC interview to discuss the recent impeachment of South Korea's president.

At first, Kelly said he was mortified by the incident, and the family originally declined BBC's request to share the infamous clip on the internet. But then they were persuaded that the video would cast them as an average family. 

Kelly said he has been inundated with interview requests and media inquiries, accumulating to the point where he had to put his phone on airplane mode.

At the end of the day, however, Kelly wasn't angry with his children. After all, it was his fault he didn't lock the door. 

"It was terribly cute,” Kelly said. “I saw the video like everybody else. 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.”

I made this minor mistake that turned my family into YouTube stars. It's pretty ridiculous.
Robert Kelly

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