The professor of political science in South Korea was appearing via webcam on Friday, March 10, to weigh in on the impeachment of South Korean President Park Geun-hye. Mid-interview, a little girl in a yellow shirt swung open the door to Kelly’s office and enthusiastically marched over to her father.
The Kelly family has since done a follow up interview with the BBC to discuss the funny moment and how quickly it went viral. Robert’s wife tells how she was in the living room watching the interview live on the Television and watched as the kids burst through the door on her TV before realising what had happened. Immediately she rushed to pull them from the room.
“We watched it multiple times, too, and our families have watched it as well. Everybody we know seems to think it’s pretty hysterical, it was sort of catching a regular family off-guard and stuff. It’s funny.”
“I mean, it was terribly cute, I saw the video like everybody else. My wife did a great job cleaning up a really unanticipated situation as best she possibly could. . . .
“It was funny. If you watch the tape I was sort of struggling to keep my own laughs down. They’re little kids and that’s how things are.” – Professor Robert E. Kelly
Trevor Noah had a segment on his show ‘The Daily Show’ about the video, calling it the ‘Greatest Moment In The History of Television’. He discussed what happened in the viral video and proceeds to hilariously defend the dad by saying he wasn’t wearing pants, which was why he didn’t stand up in the video.
Robert E. Kelly confirmed to the BBC’s James Menendez that he was, despite online speculation, wearing trousers during the interview.
Ellen also covered the story and came up with her own funny idea’s about what happened on the day.