Friday 19 January 2018

'Life happens - the lesson is to lock the door' - Mum of BBC News professor interrupted by his kids live on air

There were some intruders in the background Credit: BBC
There were some intruders in the background Credit: BBC
Patricia Murphy

Patricia Murphy

The grandmother of the children who interrupted their dad during a live broadcast for BBC World News on Friday has said the siblings' television debut "was hilarious".

Professor Robert Kelly was being interviewed on BBC about the impeachment of South Korean president Park Geun-hye, when his daughter Marion (4) and son James, nine months, bounded into the room in a clip that quickly went viral internationally.

Speaking to the Daily Mail, Ellen Kelly, the mum of the American professor, said the children must have assumed their dad was speaking to their grandparents and rushed into the room to have a chat.

"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."

Professor Kelly's mum, who lives in Cleveland, Ohio, said she hopes the clip doesn't overshadow her son's career as a respected expert in Asian politics.

"Life happens. The lesson is to lock the door."

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