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When a routine Skype interview starring Korea pundit Robert Kelly, an assistant professor of political science at Pusan National University in South Korea, was interrupted by his own kids, the world went wild. Partway through the broadcast, his children, who’d seen dad on TV in the living room and recognized his study, decided to check in…

If you haven’t seen it by now, then you’re one of the few, because the video has gone viral. Very viral:

Kelly’s four-year-old daughter, Marion, had just gotten home from celebrating her birthday with her classmates, perhaps explaining the bounce in her step seen in the above clip. Kelly told the Wall Street Journal, “She was in a hippity-hoppity mood that day because of the school party.”

And, what do little brothers do? They follow their older sibling around. Enter eight-months-old James, who rolls his way onto the scene.

Kelly’s wife, Kim Jung-A, who we see frantically trying to remove her children from the scene, had no idea they had gatecrashed their father’s interview, until… she saw them on LIVE television. Turns out, she was busy filming her husband’s performance with her phone, and lost track of the little ones.

She explained the team breakdown, saying, “He [Kelly] usually locks the door… Most of the time they come back to me after they find the locked door. But they didn’t. And then I saw the door was open. It was chaos for me.”

Kelly was nervous he may never be invited back, but that wasn’t the case. He recently returned to BBC News to expand on the interview turned upside down and introduce his family properly:

You may have seen The Daily Show‘s Trevor Noah‘s theory on the kiddie crash interview. He presumes anyone shot from the waist up is, erm… pant-less.

Kelly addressed Trevor’s theory, and reassured the public he was comfortably wearing jeans beneath his jacket and tie.

What left Kelly “pretty uncomfortable,” however, was the internet’s assumption that his wife was the children’s nanny. But Kim Jung-A took it in stride — as did her husband — who added, “I hope people just enjoy it and don’t argue over this thing.”

While the original interview was slightly disrupted, it’s nice to hear that the Kelly family harmony has not been.

That only leaves us with one question: where does little Marion get her style? Those glasses are adorable! 

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By Brigid Brown