Robert Kelly opens up about his viral BBC News interview
"I made this minor mistake that turned my family into YouTube stars. It's pretty ridiculous"
Last week, Professor Robert Kelly, a South Korean affairs expert shot to viral fame when his interview with BBC News on the impeachment of South Korea's president Park Geun-Hye was interrupted by his daughter Marion, son James, and wife Kim Jung-A.
"There was nothing I could do," Robert said in a new BBC video interview with his whole family.
Many found the candid moment hilarious and endearing, but Jung-A's panicked demeanour as she rushed to get the kids out of the study caused some to (unfairly) assume that she was the nanny.
Robert admitted that he was "pretty uncomfortable" with how the internet had reacted to his wife's appearance. However, Jung-A was unfazed by 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."
The couple also explained to The Wall Street Journal that 4-year-old Marion had celebrated her birthday that day at school and her swagger was thanks to her "hippity-hoppity mood because of the school party". Apparently, Marion had been watching her dad's interview on TV with her mum – who was filming it on her phone – when she recognised the study and went to look for her dad while her mum was distracted.
"[Robert] usually locks the door... Most of the time they come back to me after they find the door locked," Kim said. "But they didn't. And then I saw the door was open. It was chaos for me."
"I saw the video like everybody else," Robert said. "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...I made this minor mistake that turned my family into YouTube stars. It's pretty ridiculous," he added.
Cutest. Family. Ever.