Television viewers fell in love with no shortage of scripted shows this year, but it’s the live, on-air bloopers that have provided some of the year’s most laughable and heart-stopping moments.
Here are just a few of 2017’s best live television bloopers:
Megyn Kelly’s new morning talk show, “Megyn Kelly Today,” worked its way through a rocky premiere week when it debuted on NBC in September.
Nothing captures that better than a flub from one of the anchor’s cameramen, who walked into frame during a Kelly’s live interview with soccer star Carli Lloyd.
He quickly realized his gaffe, but he still managed to make matters worse by shouting “s — t” before making his way out of the camera’s view.
Earlier in the week, Kelly faced backlash for comments she made during an interview with Debra Messing.
“Is it true you became a — and became gay — because of Will?” she asked one super fan.
Messing the following day said she “regrets” appearing on the show.
Ahead of the Alabama special election that ended with victory for Democrat Doug Jones, Ted Crockett — a spokesperson for his opponent, Roy Moore — made a massive flub during an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper.
In addressing why Moore believes Muslims should not be allowed to serve in Congress, Crockett said: “Because you have to swear on a Bible. I had to do it. I’m an elected official, three times I had to swear on a Bible. You have to swear on a Bible to be an elected official in the United States of America. He alleges that a Muslim cannot do that, ethically, swearing on a Bible.”
Tapper quickly corrected him — explaining you can “swear on anything, really” — prompting an extended, unsettling silence from Crockett.
Australia news anchor Amber Sherlock had a meltdown during a live broadcast upon realizing her fellow journalist Julie Snook and their guest for the day, psychologist Sandy Rea, all showed up wearing the same color.
“I need Julie to put a jacket on because we’re all in white,” she can be seen telling someone off screen. “I asked her before we came on. Julie you need to put a jacket on.”
Amid their bickering, Rea offered to change, but Sherlock dismissed her and instead continued to sink her claws into her colleague.
Snook held up the newscast until her fellow 9 News co-worker zipped a black jacket over her white ensemble.
A March BBC interview with Robert E. Kelly, a political science professor discussing the ramifications of the impeachment of the South Korean president, took a turn for the cheerful when his daughter danced into his home office.
Kelly continued, but then another child made their way into the room, this one in a squeaky walker.
Their mother, Jung-a Kim, slid into the room and managed to scoop up the youngsters before shutting the door behind her.
They’ve since been dubbed the “Viral BBC family,” and Kelly ahead of the holidays shared a Christmas card with the caption: “Merry Christmas. To all the people who follow me because of my video or my children, thank you.”
A “Wheel of Fortune” contestant named Kevin earned internet mockery after he unintentionally added a suggestive twist to a popular Tennessee Williams play title.
Rather than guess the letter “M” to complete the word “Named” in the phrase “A Streetcar Name Desire,” Kevin guessed “k” — leaving his opponent to take the prize.
“Although you got the right answer, I’d rather seen Kevin’s play,” host Pat Sajak responded, laughing.
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Mississippi weatherman Patrick Ellis was delivering a typical broadcast back in March when he was interrupted by an unnamed child who reportedly farted on him.
Ellis tried to play it cool and even let the boy make his own weather predictions.
“Yeah, there are farts everywhere and toots,” he said. “It’s crazy.”
But no live television tumble in 2017 can compare to the Oscars Best Picture gaffe.
Faye Dunaway in the final moments of the biggest award show in the entertainment industry wrongfully announced “La La Land” claimed the night’s top prize after taking the card from her co-presenter, Warren Beatty.
The cast and crew from the Emma Stone-led movie made their way onstage and began their acceptance speeches before the error was corrected. The flick’s producer, Jordan Horowitz, announced to crowd that “Moonlight” was in fact the winner before showing the card off to the stunned world.
“It’s not a joke,” he told the crowd, Oscar still in hand. “I’m afraid they read the wrong thing.”
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