Professor speaks out about kids crashing his BBC interview
Professor Robert Kelly has returned to break his silence on the viral sensation of his children ran into his office during his interview on the BBC about South Korea’s politics.
Kelly and wife Kim Jung-A speak out about that adorably hilarious interview fiasco which he now admits was “terribly cute.”
Behind all the nervous eye shutting and slight grimaces was “a mixture of surprise, embarrassment and amusement and love and affection,” says Kelly in a new video interview with his kids
Kelly, an associate professor at Pusan National University, tells the BBC: “I was just hoping you guys might cut it on your end. I was maintaining a straight face, trying to get through it.”
He appears less stone-faced academic and more down-to-earth parent. His child paws at his face and tugs his hair in the newest interview. He even shows off some slippers while his bed full of books has also been cleared away.
Kim Jung-A, talks about what was going through her mind as it unfolded. “Yeah, most of the time he locks the door,” she says pointing the finger at Kelly before he bursts into laughter.
“I heard she leaving but I couldn’t find them around me and I tried to check the door,” Jung-A explains. “It was some chaos for me.”
The incident began when the couple’s four-year-old daughter Marion first noticed her father on the television screen in another room.
She jumped up and down upon seeing his face on the screen, and barged into his home office, overshadowing his discussion of South Korean politics.
It was her birthday, as Kelly explains, so it’s no wonder about all the dancing.
“She was in a hippity-hoppity mood that day because of the school party,” he said.
Soon after, eight-month-old James trailed in behind his sister, wobbling around in a baby-walker.
While this happened, Kim Jung-A was watching her husband’s interview on a television screen in another room. A time delay meant she saw the epic dancing entrance just a little too late.
When he realized baby James was making his way around the room too, Kelly felt out of options. “Then I knew it was over,” Kelly said.
Kim Jung-A rushed in, scrambling to assemble the children and whisk them away.
The couple has turned off their Facebook and Twitter alerts after the incident. “And I’m not even going near YouTube or Reddit or whatever these other sites are.”
Both are still shy away from the spotlight and hope it will fades away. Kelly says the video has actually left the couple with a lot of good vibes.
“An overwhelming (amount of comments) that have been sent to us has been positive,” Kelly says. “Mostly we’re interested in (it) fading to a manageable level.”