Life as a TV news reporter isn’t as glamorous as people think. The long-suffering broadcast journalists who bring us the headlines have to contend with bad weather, irritable animals, and members of the public misbehaving in the background. Here are some moments that are so bad they’re good.
First Coast News reporter David Williams was making a live report when he was photobombed by a woman in a unicorn mask and a pink tutu. “I saw a pink blur in the corner of my eye,” he later told nydailynews.com. “I turned around and thought, ‘Oh, this isn’t good.’” It was not.
TV reporters and bad weather really don’t mix. Fox 29 journalist Steve Keeley was reporting from Salem County, New Jersey when he was knocked over by a wave of snow from a plow, causing someone in the studio to actually scream.
ESPN reporter Melinda Farrell had to quickly reassure everyone that she was fine after being hit in the back with a cricket ball live on air. She took to Twitter afterwards to reassure everyone again.
This Australian reporter was interviewing the first Apple fan in Perth to get hold of an iPhone 6 – and the fan instantly dropped it on the floor, causing the reporter to scream. Unsurprisingly the clip went viral around the world.
Reporter Carley Gordon was nearly knocked over the side of a boat by an overly wriggly Asian carp. When it broke free from her she stumbled back and managed to knock someone else over, too.
This poor guy on Fox News promises that the fun “starts right now!” Then something goes wrong with his jetpack and he plummets into the water. Back in the studio, meanwhile, the news anchors can’t stop cracking up.
The internet cracked up over a video of this guy, Fox 5 San Diego reporter Brad Willis, absolutely freaking out over an enormous bug. Guess it wasn’t a Super Lucky Friday for him, after all.
As news outlets took to the streets to report on Hurricane Sandy in 2012, they were surprised to be photobombed by a shirtless man wearing a horse mask. The prankster was later identified as a guy called Jimmy Kruyne.
This cop has clearly never seen a camera before in his life – and was unlucky enough to run into one just as a news segment was being filmed. Seriously, what is he doing?
This Iowa co-ed decided to do a pretty epic photobomb on WHO TV Des Moines reporter Keith Murphy. First she ran around waving and smiling; then she began exercising somewhat seductively in the background. Murphy took it all in his stride, though.
BBC News broadcaster Peter Henley perfectly encapsulated the British spirit when a passerby threw a snowball at him. The reporter literally didn’t even flinch; he simply kept calm and carried on.
Back in 2010 German sports reporter Jessica Kastrop was hit on the head by a hurtling soccer ball as she broadcast by the side of the pitch. She was fine, though the player who kicked the ball later gave her a protective helmet just in case it happened again.
This GIF of a little dude photobombing a CNN news reporter went viral for two reasons. One, the kid is hilarious. Two, due to the GIF’s looping, the white woman in the background amazingly turns into a black man.
Reporter Rob Leth of Global News was hit by a toboggan while reporting in Canada. After doing a spectacular somersault in the air he somehow managed to sign off before someone came over to help. Now that’s professionalism.
This little girl photobombed a live news report in serious style. As Mary Ann Ahern was broadcasting from Chicago about schools in the area, the child did an utterly adorable dance routine behind her.
Danish reporter Conor Heneghan was reporting from a frozen lake when the car behind him suddenly fell through the ice. His reaction was to swear in disbelief – in English.
Danish news channel TV2 Nord captured a man who, upon going into the theater to see 50 Shades of Grey, instantly saw the news cameras and walked out again. Come on, dude – it’s not that embarrassing.
Steven Jacobs of Australia’s Today show apparently isn’t very good with birds. He was holding a large black rooster when it got a little restless, and his reaction was to run away screaming. Priceless.
This guy decides to goofily photobomb a news reporter several times, with her completely unaware. “Never broadcast live from a pub!” British comedian Russell Howard advised when he showed the clip on his news show.
Unlucky Aussie reporter Mike Amor got hit in the head by a flying skateboard while filming in Venice Beach, California. Luckily he was fine and was able to continue with the show.