Spot the Feet
I think it’s fair to say that everybody feels stressed and under pressure at work. And I don’t necessarily mean that in a bad way: at the very least, I hope your work finds fun and invigorating ways to challenge you in your day to day life.
But for some people, work can be an extremely high stakes environment with no room for error. This is especially true for people who only get one shot to do something right. While you may be thinking of finance or public relations, my mind goes towards people who perform live, whether on camera or in front of an audience (or both). Specifically, I’m thinking of actors, newscasters, and other reporters.
If you’ve ever watched news blooper compilations—which I sincerely hope you have—then you know just how devastating and hilarious making a mistake live on air can be. But sometimes, it’s not even the people who are supposed to be in front of the camera who make the biggest impact. Just see what happened to this poor woman on TV this morning…
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“Lights. Camera. Action.” “Curtain.” “Quiet on set.” “Shoot!”
All of these exciting terms help indicate when a performance, whether live or on camera, is about to begin. But even the most dedicated of professionals can slip up from time to time.
That’s exactly what happened on the popular British morning show BBC Breakfast this morning. The current iteration of Breakfast Time, which first aired on the BBC in 1983, BBC Breakfast is among the UK’s most-watched morning shows. While today started off as any other day might, it quickly became an episode to remember during a segment with celebrities from the British TV show Strictly Come Dancing.
Well it feels more like they strictly came for the laughter after they were rushed back onto camera and one crew member wasn’t quite ready…
One of a crew member’s worst fears is likely getting caught on camera when it goes live. To know that you are the grease behind the scenes of a finely-tuned machine that millions across the nation are watching must be an extremely satisfying feeling in what’s sure to be a dynamic career. But the emphasis there is behind the scenes, totally off camera. That is until one crew member got her fifteen seconds of fame.
As you can see in the clip below, the show’s hosts, Louise Minchin and Daniel Walker, as well as their celebrity guests know something is afoot as soon as the cameras start rolling. While Louise urges Dan not to explain what’s happening, he can’t contain himself, and he goes on to explain that the show’s floor manager, a woman named Tracey, was caught on set when the cameras came back, and she is currently hiding behind the couch.
“I know we shouldn’t do this,” Dan begins, “but can we have a bit of fun? Because this is a window into the world of television, because you were rushed on while we were speaking. We’ve got our floor manager Tracey hiding down there. Just raise your hand up, Trace. Just put your hand up,” he then urges to the laughter of the others.
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Of course, from what we viewers at home can see, Tracey would have been perfectly well hidden if it weren’t for Dan’s insistence upon calling her out.
As the hosts attempt to get back on track with their guests, we finally catch a glimpse of the elusive Tracey as she lets her sneaker-clad feet slip out from behind the couch.
After the hilarious incident, Dan Walker and the show both took to Twitter to joke more about the morning’s happenings. Dan couldn’t help but make the pun, “The wonderful Tracey giving a whole new meaning to the job of ‘Floor Manager’ live on @BBCBreakfast this morning.”
The show’s account, @BBCBreakfast, tweeted out a picture of the mishap and said, “Anyone want to play a game of spot Tracey’s feet? Our floor manager Tracey had to dive behind the sofa to avoid being on TV…”
What do you think? It’s almost certain we’ll see this clip turn up in the next compilation of news bloobers, and we can’t wait. In the meantime, watch it above and SHARE this funny story with a friend.