We rarely see news reporters or news anchors who are on their worst behavior. Because if that’s the case then they become the news. Just like these news reporters who were caught doing unacceptable things on live TV.
Even seasoned veterans crack under pressure and lose composure. Some are hilarious while others are just downright embarrassing. Think your favorite news reporter made a list? Check out The Craziest Things News Anchors Have Said And Done On Air.
10. Live Suicide
It is crazy and creepy seeing someone die right before your eyes. If it were some freak accident, then it would be understandable. Of course, you would be traumatized right after that, but nothing is more traumatizing than seeing someone kill himself right in front of you. All the more on live television. Just like this news anchor.
In 1974, Sarasota news anchor Christine Chubbuck interrupted her morning newscast with the following statement: “In keeping with Channel 40’s policy of bringing you the latest in blood and guts, and in living color, you are going to see another first: attempted suicide.” She then shot herself behind the ear and died soon after. There are no tapes of the incident available to the public at this time.
9. Too High To Report
News reporters are expected to be on their best behavior at all times. Who would believe them if they don’t look respectable and credible? But sometimes unexpected circumstances happen especially when you are live on air. You can’t control everything no matter how perfect you want your report to be.
This is one of our all-time favorite news clips, this English reporter is too high to report, but it’s not his fault, though. Why was he so happy? This reporter is standing in front of 8 1/2 tons of heroin, opiates, hash-sheesh and several narcotics set on fire. He and his cameraman end up getting so high off of the fumes that they can’t even get through their segment. Just look at his I’m-in-cloud-nine face.
8. When Bugs Attack
Who likes bugs? Especially flying bugs. Not this reporter. Who says, grown men, don’t fear anything?
It was a beautiful day for Fox News reporter Brad Wills to report the weather from the beach when suddenly a large bug flew right in front of his face! He immediately turned to the side to avoid being attacked, but the cameras cut back to the studio crew. Another reporter said, “Brad was just attacked by either a large bug or a small drone.” Poor Brad, but it made everyone’s morning.
7. Too Hot!
The weather report may not be as exciting as the other news segments. It’ll only interest us if we have an outdoor trip or activity but for the most part, it’s usually ignored. But this one’s a different story.
Fox 10 Anchor Cory McCloskey reports the weather every single day, but this time there was something different on his weather map report. A technical problem caused the temperature in some cities on the map to go over 1000 degrees! He even joked, “I would get out while you still can!”
6. The Bird Poop
During a Channel 7 Action News segment, this reporter delivers a story on a local bird infestation as he nears under the tree where the Canadian Brown Finches are found. Receiving a shat, or pat, on the shoulder from the birds he laughs and exclaims that he should have seen that coming. But while laughing and looking upwards for the culprit, the birds take a second aim and land one right in his mouth! Disgusted and profusely spitting the horrible taste out of his mouth, he is not able to “stomach” the rest of the segment.
5. Bug Attack
Why do bugs love to ruin a perfect moment? Here’s another incident of a reporter being attacked by a bug. He was all proper when he suddenly turned ghetto.
This seemingly polite and professional newscaster at the beginning of the segment quickly turned into a blur of ghetto curse words when a bug decides to fly into his mouth. It must have been the last straw for this Channel 4 reporter as goes on and on about being sick of the “country *bleep* town” and other words that are not allowed to be said on air.
Sometimes passion overtakes common sense. News anchors are some of the most opinionated people, so you bet that opinions are going to fly here and there. But this one just got out of hand.
On Fox’s Hannity segment, guest and radio host Bill Cunningham and Fox commentator Tamara Holder get into it over Attorney General Eric Holder, and it gets awkward. Often these shows bring strong voices and personalities, but these two telling each other to “shut up” is a little more than unprofessional. It gets even more awkward when fingers start flying in the air as they pester and destroy each other on national television.
3. Cheater Shaming
Megyn Kelly is an established media personality. Not to mention her good looks make her easy on the eyes. But nobody’s perfect, and Megyn did something unthinkable live on air.
The Fox News star flashed rumors that her first husband, Dr. Dan Kendall, had cheated on her when she told USA Weekend in 2011, during a story about Congressman Anthony Weiner cheating, “I have been in the position, not with my current marriage, where I’ve been betrayed. In the beginning, the instinct is very powerful to hang on.” Kendall was upset that he had been indirectly accused of being unfaithful to Kelly during their marriage. But eventually, she apologized.
2. Wardrobe Malfunction
Kimberly Ann Guilfoyle is a co-host on Fox’s The Five, a panel-style news talk show. Guilfoyle, a former prosecutor, also served as the First Lady of San Francisco when she was married to the city’s mayor, Gavin Newsom.
In 2014, Guilfoyle suffered from a nearly disastrous wardrobe malfunction while on air. Wearing a dress, she made an attempt to throw a football, and in her excitement tried to sit down with her leg still extended. The dress did not cooperate and revealed much more of the beautiful newscaster’s legs than she would have liked. The embarrassing wardrobe malfunction angered many Democrats, who called for stiffer television censorship laws after the incident.
1. Too Much Skin
What better way to grab someone’s attention than to be half-naked? Well rather than it just being one person, it was an entire network that this Albanian woman impressed when she auditioned for a news anchor job. Enki Bracaj did what she had to do stay ahead in the highly competitive TV world.
“It is not easy to enter the world of television,” said Bracaj “So it was obvious that if I wanted to make it, I had to be brave and offer something different.” The network was impressed, and Bracaj said she even checked with her parents first. As long as she had their blessings, what others think is irrelevant.
Everybody makes mistakes, unfortunately for these news anchors, people across the country were witnesses to their mistakes. That’s one price you pay for being a media personality.