The family at the centre of that hilarious BBC news interview have spoken out

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Kayleigh Dray

If you’ve spent any time on the internet this week (and, let’s face it, who hasn’t?), then you’ll already have seen the hilarious video of Professor Robert Kelly’s serious interview with BBC News being gatecrashed by his two children.

A moment which was made even funnier by his panicked wife, Jung-a Kim, skidding in to retrieve them.

Addressing the “minor mistake that turned my family into YouTube stars,” Kelly explained that, while most people found the moment “hysterical”, he and his wife were more than a little worried.

“We were worried actually that the BBC would never call us again,” Kelly told the James Menendez, the BBC presenter who conducted the original interview. “That was our first response – mortification that we had completely blown our relationship with you.”

However, addressing the race row sparked over the video, given that many people had wrongly assumed that Kim was the nanny or maid rather than his wife, Kelly said he’d been left feeling “pretty uncomfortable” while Kim said she wanted people to stop fighting about it.

“I hope people just enjoy it and don’t argue over this thing,” she said. “I’m not the nanny – that’s the truth – so I hope they stop arguing.”

In a separate interview with the Wall Street Journal, Kelly – explaining why his four-year-old daughter, Marion, walked into the room with such swagger – revealed that she had celebrated her birthday earlier that day at school.

“She was in a hippity-hoppity mood that day because of the school party,” he said. “As soon as she opened the door, I saw her image on my screen.”

In an attempt to keep the interview rolling, Kelly tried to guide Marion towards some toys, in the hope that the BBC might narrow the camera angle so it was focused solely on his face.

Spoiler alert: the broadcaster did not cut away, and instead continued to probe the distracted professor about inter-Korean relations. Cue Kelly’s eight-month-old son, James, sailing into the room via his baby-walker.

“I knew it was over [when I saw him],” said Kelly. “It’s a comedy of errors.”

Kim, who revealed that she thought the door to her husband’s study had been locked as it usually is, added: “Most of the time [the kids] come back to me after they find the locked door. But they didn’t.

“And then I saw the door was open. It was chaos for me.”

"She was in a hippity-hoppity mood"

"She was in a hippity-hoppity mood"

Kelly, praising his wife’s quick-thinking, continued: “I mean it was terribly cute. I saw the video like everybody else. My wife did a great job cleaning up a really unanticipated situation as best she possibly could.

“It was funny. If you watch the tape I was sort of struggling to keep my own laughs down. They’re little kids and that’s how things are. Yes, I was mortified, but I also want my kids to feel comfortable coming to me.

“I made this minor mistake that turned my family into YouTube stars. It’s pretty ridiculous.”

Images: BBC


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Kayleigh Dray

Kayleigh Dray is editor of, where she chases after rogue apostrophes and specialises in films, comic books, feminism and television. On a weekend, you can usually find her drinking copious amounts of tea and playing boardgames with her friends. 

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