Sunday 25 February 2018

Grandmother of children who interrupted BBC News viral video says father is to blame

Patrick Sawer

The grandmother of two children who burst in on their dad's live interview with the BBC on South Korean politics, going viral in the process, has some words of advice for her son.

Robert Kelly, whose interview was interrupted in the most spectacular manner when Marion (5) and nine-month-old James burst into the room while he was on a Skype call - hotly pursued by their mum, Jung-a Kim - has been told by his mother to learn from his mistake.

"Life happens," said Ellen Kelly. "The lesson is to lock the door."

Mrs Kelly (72), who lives in Cleveland, Ohio, with her husband Joseph, said the children may have thought their father was talking to her, as they are familiar with using Skype to stay in touch with their grandparents.

Mr Kelly, a professor of political science at Pusan National University in Busan, South Korea, was being asked about the impeachment of president Park Geun-hye.

That was when Marion and James made their appearance, which has now been shared by millions online.

"Robert usually Skypes with us from his home office, which is where he did the interview," said Mrs Kelly.

"The kids probably heard voices coming from the computer and assumed it was us. It was just hilarious.

"I just hope that he gains recognition for his expertise rather than for this - as great as it all is."

Mrs Kelly said she phoned her son after the incident, and he admitted to being a bit "embarrassed", though he did see the funny side.

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