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Professor's Kids Amusingly Crash BBC Interview (Video)

| by Michael Howard

Viewers of the BBC were amused on March 10 to see a professor's live interview about South Korean politics crashed by his two young children, who waltzed into the room and stayed there until their mother ran after them and carried them off (video below).

Robert Kelly, associate professor of Political Science at Pusan National University in Busan, South Korea, was discussing the recent impeachment of that country's president when a small girl in a yellow sweatshirt and glasses sashays into the room, coming to a stop right next to her father.

The interviewer, James Menendez, stifles laughter as Kelly attempts to answer the question while pushing his daughter away. A baby then wheels itself into the situation using a baby saucer, with Kelly's wife in hot pursuit. She slides into room, knocking some books to the floor as she grabs the children and drags them away.

"Pardon me," Kelly says with a smile. "My apologies."

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After clearing the room, Kelly's wife reemerges and shuts the door, officially putting an end to the slapstick routine.

"There's a first time for everything," Menendez says at the end of the interview, according to the Daily Mail. "I think you've got some children who need you."

Afterward, he linked to a video of the incident on Twitter, writing: "Hard to keep a straight face."

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"Yes, it was the desperate reach for the door at the end that nearly did it for me," he added in a follow-up tweet.

He later commended Kelly for "keeping it going" despite the comical interruption.

"Come back to [BBC World] soon, with or without your lovely family!" he wrote.

In a statement to the Daily Mail, a BBC spokesman said: "We're really grateful to Professor Kelly for his professionalism. This just goes to show that live broadcasting isn't always child's play."

Kelly, who is originally from Cleveland, Ohio, received his bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Miami and completed his studies at Ohio State, where he earned his PhD.

He has since become an expert on South Korean politics, publishing articles in a variety of outlets including Foreign Affairs, the European Journal of International Relations and the Economist.

After moving to Korea in 2008, Kelly married Jung-a Kim, a former yoga teacher and the woman seen saving his BBC interview in the clip below. Together they have two children, 4-year-old Marion and 9-month-old James, both of whom appear in the video.

Sources: BBC News/YouTube, Daily Mail, James Menendez/Twitter (2) (3) / Photo credit: BBC, Facebook via Daily Mail

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