Fortunately for most of us, our workplace quarrels aren’t usually broadcast live to a viewing nation or seen by millions of Internet users around the world.
Two presenters of the leading television operator in Namibia went viral after their painful awkward exchange was seen live on air.
The controversy began when news anchor Elmari Kapunda threw her colleague Jessica Kaimu for the sports segment.
Kapunda went on to introduce the segment further before Kaimu interrupted: No, you won’t do that. You’ll just greet me and say “take it,” she said.
“Jessica, we’re live,” Capunda replied, prompting silence between the couple, which none of the presenters dared to break. In the end, they are saved by the schedule of the news program, which appears out of nowhere, to take the audience out of their misery.
But unfortunately for Kapunda and Kaimu, a Twitter user caught the moment and their tweet went viral.
The scam occurred on the network of the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC).
Lazarus Jacobs, chairman of the network’s board, told CNN: “Unfortunately for the sports presenter, I don’t know what happened in her handset, (but) she didn’t realize it was on the air. What people heard and saw was something that had to happen behind the scenes. “
Nevertheless, the phrase “Jessica, we are live” went viral throughout Namibia, South Africa and beyond, with online users expressing shock and support to news readers. Many have suggested that the two newsreaders disagreed on the air, and some have sided with the debate.
“Who made a mistake on Jessica’s Day, We’re Live?” one user asked in a viral tweet, imagining that the question would appear in Namibia’s history tests in two decades.
“Finally, Namibia has a celebrity and her name is Jessica. All of Africa celebrates her as Madiba,” added another.
But Jacobs told CNN: “There was no disagreement. The two ladies are good colleagues. They had a live chat last night where they had a good laugh about it.”
“Once you find out you’re on the air and say something that might be inappropriate for the viewer, you’re actually freezing,” Jacobs said, adding that the couple agreed to participate in the broadcast, but rejected reports in the local media. that they will be removed from their positions.
“I personally spoke to the two ladies to reassure them that their safety at work was not compromised. It was an honest mistake, it could happen to anyone,” Jacobs told CNN.