Have you ever been watching TV, just casually when all of a sudden something really crazy happened and your jaw just dropped to the floor? Sometimes reality is stranger than fiction, (particularly reality TV) and these bizarre TV show moments totally just prove it. You won’t believe these crazy events actually happened in front of thousands of people, but whether you like it or not, they sure did!
A CHILD WALKING IN WHILE YOU’RE INTERVIEWING VIA SKYPE IS PRICELESS
Democracy, South Korea, and little girl strutting around in a bright yellow jumper. Those are the highlights from Professor Robert Kelly’s BBC interview. During a serious discussion about the political situation in South Korea, his small daughter strutted into his home office, followed by his baby and then their poor panicked mom. Despite being hilarious to watch, the incident sparked controversy as people on Twitter were quick to assume that the children’s Asian mother was their nanny.
WE’VE GOT THE WRONG GUY
In a couldn’t-have-been-written mixup, BBC News interviewed the wrong Guy live on air. Taxi driver, Guy Goma showed up at the BBC for a job interview. When a staff member came down to reception looking for Guy, he went along with them. But they had the wrong one. Instead of tech expert Guy Kewney, poor Guy Goma found himself live on BBC News 24 being asked for an expert opinion on Apple’s latest legal battle! And you thought your last job interview was hard.
MARIAH’S MOST EMBARRASSING PERFORMANCE. EVER.
What a way to ring in the new year! Mariah Carey’s Times Square performance should have started 2017 on a high note, instead it felt like a bad omen for the rest of the year. She couldn’t hear the backing track and so couldn’t sing, but she still tried to keep up with the choreography, mouthing along to the words and making comments like, “I want a holiday, too. Can I not have one?” In Mariah’s own words, “That was … amazing.”
THE RIDICULOUS BALLOON BOY HOAX
This story is like a plot from a bad daytime soap opera. A family had Colorado holding its breath when they reported that their son had floated off into the sky inside a gas balloon. Unsurprisingly, the child was found hiding in their attic later that day. But it was only during a later TV interview that the family’s stupid stunt was unmasked as a hoax. When asked why he hadn’t come out of the attic, the boy revealed to a shocked audience that his parents, “said that we did this for the show.”
SAMUEL L. JACKSON GETS MAD
And he totally had a good reason to. In 2014, a reporter interviewing Samuel L. Jackson asked him about his Marvel Superbowl advert. Nothing wrong with that question right? Except Samuel L. Jackson wasn’t in that advert, Laurence Fishburne was. Cue an angry Samuel pouncing on the reporter’s mistake, and pointing out, “We don’t all look alike.”
THAT “WARDROBE MALFUNCTION”
No matter how hard you try to unsee the moment Justin Timberlake accidentally revealed Janet Jackson’s nipple during their 2005 Super Bowl halftime performance, it’s unfortunately just too shocking to forget.
DON’T JUDGE A BOOK BY ITS COVER
Susan Boyle’s Britain’s Got Talent performance shocked people over the world, but none more than Simon Cowell himself. Her beautiful audition proved that you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, and you don’t have to be young and glamorous to be an singing superstar. #girlpower
I’MMA LET YOU FINISH
Who can forget the moment when Kanye interrupted Taylor Swift’s ‘Best Female Video’ MTV award speech with the now infamous line, “Yo Taylor, I’m really happy for you and I’mma let you finish, but Beyoncé had one of the best videos of all time.” And that’s how you ruin a girl’s night a la Kanye!
EPIC OSCARS MISTAKE
It’s the most important Hollywood event of the year and the whole world is watching. You’re tasked with the only job that really matters, keeping the winner envelopes safe. And what do you do? Get distracted by Emma Stone (we’re guessing!) and cause the wrong winner to be announced. Can you spell awkward?
CRY ME A RIVER
Is it a coincidence that Justin Timberlake’s on this list twice? Probably not. Sure, being Punk’d must suck, but no one could have predicted Justin’s reaction to being told his home, cars, and dogs were being repossessed because of unpaid taxes. He was full blown, crying a river.