A PROFESSOR who became an internet sensation when his children gatecrashed his live TV interview has spoken for the first time about his family’s global fame.
Robert Kelly said he feared at first his career would suffer after the Skype Q&A at home for BBC News was disrupted by daughter Marion, four, baby James, and then his panicked wife Jung-a Kim.
But the East Asia politics expert soon saw the funny side — along with web users who have watched the clip 100million times since it was broadcast last week. Mr Kelly told the Wall Street Journal he knew he was in trouble when birthday-girl Marion crept into the room.
‘I saw her image on my screen,’ he said, adding that she ‘was in a hippity-hoppity mood that day’ because the school had a party for her.
The US academic, based at Pusan National University in South Korea, added he ‘knew the game was up’ when his eight-month-old son James entered in his baby walker.
His wife had been recording the interview on her phone in the next room and was slow to realise the children had interrupted because of a delay in the broadcast.
Prof Kelly had forgotten to lock the door to his study, which led to a ‘comedy of errors’.
‘I was struggling to keep my own laughs down,’ he said. ‘They’re little kids and that’s how things are.’
Some viewers of the clip were rebuked by other social media users for wrongly assuming Ms Kim was a nanny.
But she told the BBC in a follow-up interview: ‘I hope people just enjoy it and don’t argue.’