We’ve Seen Many Embarrassing Live TV Moments. But Her Unfortunate Accident Tops The List

Updated September 7, 2017

While most of the world was watching the superhuman athletic feats of the Tour De France on Tuesday, America was busy celebrating its birthday by watching superhuman feats of ingesting copious amounts of hot dogs at Coney Island and beer in California. Thankfully, our nation’s sportscasters were there to catch all of it, especially in Hermosa Beach, California, where one reporter, caught more than she bargained for. You are going to laugh out loud when you watch this gross clip caught on live TV.

Every year in Hermosa Beach, California, unique sporting event takes place. It is called the Hermosa Beach Iron Man, and it consists of a one mile run, one mile of paddle boarding, and then chugging a full six pack of beer, without vomiting.

Reporter Wendy Burch was there to cover the event live for local news station KTLA. As she tried to conduct an interview with one of the competitors, her worst nightmare came true.

Just off camera, a woman in a bikini was kneeling on the ground, vomiting.

Ever the professional, Burch simply smiled and said “It’s getting ugly, it’s getting ugly,” just before noting that the woman was a competitor trying to finish her six pack.

As she turns back to the man and says “It looks like you’ve been training for this for some time,” someone off camera ralphs all over both the burly giant and the reporter.

At that instant, her smile turns from one of amusement to one of bemusement, and then the station cut back to the studio anchors.

Later, the station cut back to Wendy, who had time to clean up.

She said “We want to hope it was people throwing beer, but who knows.”

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Wendy Burch wrote about the incident for Huffington Post, saying “I grabbed a guy who appeared to be a spirited competitor, and from the evidence of his beer belly, had been clearly training for this event for years. My hope was that his broad… ah, erh… shoulders, could shield our morning viewers from the ups—and from what wasn’t staying down—in this competition. What I didn’t notice until later, is that he had a bullseye drawn on his back with the words “puke here” written in magic marker. And wouldn’t you know it? Someone took him up on the offer right during the middle of my live report, much to the chagrin, of me, our anchors and anyone in Southern California who may have been eating breakfast at that very moment. So, for the better part of the next two minutes, i Just kept interviewing drunken people, while sudsy substances flew in the air and landed in my hair. Let’s say, after that, it was a wrap.”

While people all around her were losing their lunch, she never lost her sense of humor!

People who watched the clip said things like:

“NASTY!!! OMG.”- Barbietink

“That is my biggest fear. I always bring a change of clothes for my entire family when we go to an amusement park.”- Sisterseattle

“I just love live television! Lol”- Eric B

“Wendy Burch Rocks!!!”- Socalgalsp

“I love the KTLA news, I watch it every morning. Too bad that that happened to Wendy.”- Kaye

“I hate to admit this but I was vomited on at a U2 concert several years ago. The lady sitting behind me and my friend had one too many drinks and puked. It was the most disgusting thing that’s ever happened to me. I’ve never run to a bathroom so quick in my life. However, after we cleaned up and changed our shirts security found us and gave us front row seats. We went from nosebleed seats to feeling Bono’s sweat. My friend said it was worth us getting puked on. I disagree…”- Nolaguy

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