Face it, we all daydream. Perhaps you have some downtime at the office and log onto Facebook to scroll through your news feed or you like to browse pictures of your dream house. Daydreaming is just a part of normal life. But hard-working professionals try not to bring it to work with them – especially when people are carefully watching what they do.
When an Australian reporter was caught daydreaming on live television, the world couldn’t believe what they caught her doing. With the cameras fixed on the young Sydney-based reporter Natasha Exelby, she fiddled with her fingers with a distant look on her face.
Then she realized the camera was live and she jumped. Reporters around the globe could relate to her innocent mistake. And as a result, journalists are sharing their own embarrassing bloopers after Natasha was caught not paying attention while on live TV. Check out the response below!
In the Inside Edition report below, you’ll see Natasha fiddling with a pen for a few seconds until she realizes that the entire audience is watching her.
She gasps in shock and then quickly returns to the script.
As you’ll see in the video below, the incident went viral. Not only was Natasha caught daydreaming on live television, her reaction when she was exposed was hilarious.
After her moment went viral, people around the world feared that Natasha had been banned from the news channel. But on Tuesday, News Director Gaven Morris said that was “untrue” and that Natasha Exelby would return to her reporter role without delay.
“We take on-air standards extremely seriously, but we don’t expect perfection,” he said in a statement. “No one would ever be punished for a blooper…Natasha is a freelance journalist who works as a contributor. She has been rostered for various shifts and has been assured since yesterday that we want that to continue… I have spoken to Natasha and conveyed our regret that this has attracted such attention.”
Once Natasha’s on-air blooper went viral, journalists around the world started sharing their own bloopers. Because she received so much support, Natasha logged onto Twitter to thank everyone, writing:
“Thank U all for ur generous support. Not my finest hour. Myself and my mesmerizing pen honorably salute you!”
When the story went viral, co-host of a popular New Zealand morning show Hilary Barry shared her big on-air mistakes. Apparently, she had laughed accidentally while reporting serious deaths.
Hilary Barry wrote on Twitter, “In 20 years on air I’ve giggled through two obits and a suicide bombing. I once snorted too. Not proud but kept my job.”
Ashleigh Gillon, a reporter with Sky News said she had once started absentmindedly snacking during the broadcast:
“I started eating a Tim Tam live on air during rolling coverage of a leadership spill.”
Another reporter started applying lip gloss while the camera was zooming in for a close up.
Have you ever been caught daydreaming on the job? Did it lead to anything serious like getting fired? Or did your supervisor just shrug it off?
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