No doubt last week you saw the TV interview that the whole world was talking about…
Well the family have finally spoken about what actually happened, the viral media storm and the realities of working from home and family life. Just in case you missed it, here’s the original footage…
The family commented on the funny yet relatable ordeal revealing that Professor Kelly forgot to lock the door to his study in their high-rise apartment in Busan, South Korea.
It is something he has always done in his six years of media interviews.
“Most of the time they come back to me after they find the locked door,” Professor Kelly’s wife, Kim Jung-A, told the Wall Street Journal.
“But they didn’t. And then I saw the door was open. It was chaos for me.” She said she hadn’t realised their children, Marion and James, were in the study until she saw them on her television screen.
WSJ: When the Children Crashed Dad’s BBC Interview: The Family Speaks
In their first interview, Korea expert Robert Kelly and his wife, Kim Jung-A, describe the circumstances, chaos, and global reaction to their now-infamous home-office Skype catastrophe; ‘she was in a hippity-hoppity mood’.
Near the end of a long day of radio and TV appearances from home, Robert Kelly, an expert on East Asian affairs, prepared for another live video interview at 7 p.m.
As he finished up a soda and tightened his necktie before a Skype call from the BBC, he forgot to lock the door of his office in his high-rise apartment in Busan, South Korea’s second-biggest city, something he usually does.
That oversight has set off one of the biggest viral internet sensations of the year, featuring cameo appearances in the Friday interview by his wife and two young children. The buzz has even overshadowed the major news Mr. Kelly was on air to discuss: the impeachment of South Korea’s president.
“It’s a comedy of errors,” Mr. Kelly said.
We’ve all been there! Working from home with kids is no easy gig. Thanks to Prof Robert Kelly and his gorgeous family for showing us, this stuff…. it can happen to anyone!