‘BBC Dad’, whose kid interrupted live interview 6 years ago, shares updated family photos
It's hard to believe it's already been six years since the Internet saw what is arguably one of the most hilarious "parenting fail" moments to hit our newsfeeds: Robert Kelly, an associate professor of political science at Pusan National University in South Korea, giving a live interview from his home office to BBC News to discuss politics when he was interrupted by a surprise visitor — well, several surprise visitors.
In the middle of his March 10, 2017 interview, Kelly's 4-year-old daughter Marion is suddenly seen in the background, busting open the door and dancing her way into the room. Then, as Kelly playfully tries pushing Marion out of the frame, her 9-month-old brother James rolls into the room in a baby walker, eager to join the fun.
As Kelly hilariously tries to play it off and continue the interview, his wife Kim Jung-a is seen frantically trying to round up the children as best she can. At one point, the mother of two gets on her hands and knees as she drags her laughing kids out of the room. Of course, it was all caught on camera — and broadcast to the world.
The 43-second clip instantly went viral and turned into a pop culture moment, with Kelly later becoming known as, simply, "BBC Dad."
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
Kelly told the BBC a week after the interview that he was "flattered" by the positive reaction the video received, admitting that it became a form of levity for parents around the world — especially those working from home (and this, remember, was years before the pandemic).
“[I'm] happy our family blooper — our family error on television — brought so much laughter to so many people," he said.
Still, as he told The Guardian a year later, both he and his wife admitted that they feared the worst at the time: “We both assumed that was the end of my career as a talking head,” he said. “I thought I’d blown it in front of the whole world.”
Today, Kelly, who is still a professor and continues to offer political commentary for various news outlets, is recognizing the anniversary of the hilarious video on Twitter, giving his follower a little update on his family.
Some BBC Dad content since the 6th anniversary of the original video was last Friday.
Marion had a singing performance this past weekend, so we got some nice family pictures.
Thanks again to all of you who follow me bc of the video. My family and I flattered by your kindness. pic.twitter.com/1SWVtJME5e
— Robert E Kelly (@Robert_E_Kelly) March 14, 2023
“Some BBC Dad content since the 6th anniversary of the original video was last Friday," he tweeted before sharing new photos of his family, including now-10-year-old Marion and 6-year-old James. "Thanks again to all of you who follow me bc of the video. My family and I flattered by your kindness." Another post had even more updated photos.
And here are some other nice recent family pictures.
Thank you again for all your kind words over the years.
— Robert E Kelly (@Robert_E_Kelly) March 9, 2022
Unsurprisingly, Kelly's posts welcomed an array of supportive comments, many from parents who are praising Kelly and his wife for having made working from home, with all its foibles, relatable — especially now that the world has a new, post-pandemic perspective.
"Thank you for normalizing 'work from home with kids' way before COVID time," one commenter wrote. "It's so amazing to see your kids growing up and I hope that they know they've left a positive image on the internet for being themselves."
"Lovely photos. The video brought me joy for weeks," another added. "I couldn't stop laughing, everything about it is perfect. Watched it again recently and it's still brilliant. Enjoy your wonderful family."
"Your kids are my favorite anarchists. I think the covid years have brought enormous sympathy in how kids show up in our working lives," one mom wrote. "May your kids keep bringing good humor."
"I saw your video a few days after my mother had passed away — it was the first time I laughed out loud," one comment read. "Thank you and your family for that!"
Thank you, BBC Dad, for reminding working parents everywhere to lock our doors. We salute you.
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