Robert E. Kelly Speaks About His Sabotaged BBC Interview

Last week, Professor Robert E. Kelly was giving a serious webcam interview for BBC when his daughter came bouncing into the room, soon followed by his son who rolled his way in. What we now know was his wife—not the nanny as many have assumed—came rushing in, grabbed the kids and fled the room in the most hilarious video I’ve seen in a long time.

Not surprisingly, the video went viral and has been viewed millions of time. Now, Kelly is opening up about the incident that he admits was “terribly cute” and revealing how it unfolded.


Kelly, a professor of political science and international affairs, is based in Busan, South Korea, and was speaking about the impeachment of the nation’s President, Park Geun-hye. His wife, Kim Jung-A, was watching the broadcast with their children from the living room.

Marion, their 4-year-old daughter, recognized her dad on TV and went to look for him in his office. “As soon as she opened the door I saw her image on my screen,” Kelly said. “She was in a hippity-hoppity mood, ” he added, noting how she flounced into the room.

Marion’s 9-year-old brother, James, rolled in after her in his walker. Kelly says that when he knew it was game over.


Once his wife realized that the kids were in his office, she flew into the room, slipping on her socked feet and grabbed the kids in a flurry of arms and legs.

Far from angry, Kelly said admitted he struggled to control his own laughter. “They’re little kids and that’s how things are,” he said. “Yes I was mortified, but I also want my kids to feel comfortable coming to me,” he added.


He also addressed the assumption that many people made that Kim was his nanny, saying they were “pretty uncomfortable” with it. Kim said she didn’t want that to be what people took away from the video, and she has a point. It’s just a funny family moment caught on video that the entire world got to see. Kids being kids.


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