Robert Kelly opens up about his viral BBC News interview

Adjust Comment Print

The man who found himself at the centre of a viral BBC interview when his children interrupted a live broadcast has said he is "flattered" by the generally positive reaction to the moment. "They're little kids and that's how things are." he said.

"It was a comedy of errors", Kelly told the Journal. It initially caused some controversy, as some people assumed Prof Kelly's wife was a nanny.

Then, just to clear the air, Kelly addressed the rumor that he was not wearing any trousers during the interview. I couldn't find them [children] around me and I tried to check the door. His wife Kim Jung-A, whom some ignorant people called the children's nanny, said, "Yeah, most of the time he locks the door".

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

It was a question that sparked fierce debate across the great chambers of the internet last week: was the BBC South Korea expert wearing pants during that interview. In this case, the rest of the family had been watching him on the TV in their living room as he conducted the interview in his office. "It was chaos for me", she confessed. "We stonewalled because we didn't know what to do", Kelly said.

"We were anxious actually, that the BBC would never call us again".

"Yes, I was wearing trousers", Kelly noted, ending that rumor once and for all.

The family of four made famous after the children crashed their father's live interview are back in the shot, but this time it was on goal.

Apparently, Kelly was wearing jeans during the interview, hence why he was apprehensive to get up.

"She was in a hippity-hoppity mood that day because of the school party", Professor Kelly told the WSJ. "It was sort of catching a regular family off-guard and stuff". But Kim Jung-A took it in stride - as did her husband - who added, "I hope people just enjoy it and don't argue over this thing".