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Political Expert Videobombed by His Own Children During Important BBC Interview

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Robert E. Kelly, professor or political science at Pusan National University in South Korea, was interviewed live on the BBC World News this morning to talk about the president of South Korea having been forced out of office last night after a months-long corruption scandal. But midway through his very serious discussion with the BBC, Professor Kelly was videobombed by his children.

Even the BBC presenter had a difficult time keeping a straight face. As Kelly spoke via Skype about the political future of South Korea, the door to his home office swung open, and a small girl in a bright yellow shirt and pink glasses sauntered into the room, clearly very pleased with herself for having gotten access to dad’s office while he was doing something important. Elbows up, she marched proudly over to the desk while the BBC presenter tittered a little bit and tried to warn the professor that one of his children had come into the room.

Kelly stayed unfazed and completely professional and did not get up or look away from the camera as he tried to block his daughter from getting at the computer. He looked a bit discomfited that his big BBC interview was getting ruined, but still like someone who has been punked by a toddler before, and who knows another adult is coming in any minute to handle things.

As if that weren’t enough, then a baby in a walker came gliding through the door after his sister.

Then the kids’ mom dives into the room and tries to grab both children. She almost makes it out, but the baby’s walker gets stuck in the door, and the toddler’s fighting the whole way. Finally she does get them both out of the room, and as her hand reaches back into the frame to close the door, the BBC presenter nearly loses it.

Anyone who has ever worked from home with kids knows this can happen. Professor Kelly managed to keep a straight face, and one hopes that he wasn’t too upset about it. It was a big, important interview about world politics on the BBC, but it’s not the end of the world. The BBC hosts seemed thrilled by their cute guest-stars.

Of course, the video is already all over the Internet. Everyone loves Professor Kelly’s adorable children.

Professor Kelly seemed a bit surprised by the amount of attention and the speed at which he and his kids had become tiny celebrities in the U.S., U.K., and South Korea.

“Is this kinda thing that goes ‘viral’ and gets weird?” he asked on Twitter.

Yes, Professor Kelly. Yes, it is.