Professor Robert Kelly of Pusan National University in South Korea was giving an interview to BBC World via Skype on March 10 when his children wandered into his home office (video below).
As Kelly gives his analysis on the impeachment of South Korea's president Park Geun-hye, a toddler is seen opening the door behind him and then wandering in, notes The Telegraph.
"I think one of your children has just walked in," BBC World host James Menendez says.
Kelly attempts to wave his young offspring off, but she is persistent in getting her camera time.
Suddenly, a baby is seen wandering through the open door and going on the air.
Kelly's wife, Jung-a Kim, runs into the room to gather up the children.
"Pardon me," Kelly chuckles. "My apologies."
The young children can then be heard making noise as Kim, a yoga teacher, drags them out of the room.
Kim's arm is then seen closing the door, and moments later loud crying is heard from the other side.
The video went viral after a BBC World producer tweeted the footage with the caption: "When the kids interrupt you in the middle of live TV... A lovely moment and masterfully handled by our guest this morning on South Korea."
Kelly received praise and sympathy from working moms and dads around the world on social media.
A spokesman for the BBC 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."
The professor's mom and grandmother to the young children, Ellen Kelly, spoke with the Daily Mail about the interview: "Robert usually Skypes with us from his home office, which is where he did the interview. The kids probably heard voices coming from the computer and assumed it was us. It was just hilarious."
At the time of the Daily Mail interview, Ellen wasn't sure if her son was aware of his newfound internet fame, as South Korea is 14 hours ahead of the U.S.
"It was just fantastic," the proud mother gushed. "Robert will be in for a real treat when he wakes up the morning."
"I just hope that he gains recognition for his expertise rather than for this -- as great as it all is," she added. "Life happens. The lesson is to lock the door!"
The professor's Facebook page has been filling up with praise, including this advice from a friend: "An instant classic. Be sure to get your book deal by mid-week."