Hollywood director has teleprompter trouble, walks off stage

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Hollywood director Michael Bay had a bizarre meltdown Monday at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, becoming so rattled by a teleprompter glitch that he walked off stage.

Known for directing films such as “Armageddon,” “Pearl Harbor” and the “Transformers” film series, Bay was participating in a press event to promote Samsung’s new curved ultra-high definition TVs, the Los Angeles Times reported.

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After being introduced by Samsung executive Joe Stinziano, Bay launched into a scripted bit but quickly became flustered.

“The type is all off,” he complained. “Sorry, but I’ll just wing this.”

But he didn’t get far, awkwardly stopping after just one sentence. To his credit, Stinziano could see that Bay was struggling and stepped in with a question to save him from further embarrassment and salvage the presentation.

“I’m sorry,” a visibly agitated Bay responded as he swirled around and walked off stage.

Earning his pay at this point, a sheepish Stinziano asked the audience to give Bay a round of applause “for joining us.”

Bay released a statement on his website after the presentation:

Wow! I just embarrassed myself at CES – I was about to speak for Samsung for this awesome Curved 105-inch UHD TV. I rarely lend my name to any products, but this one is just stellar. I got so excited to talk, that I skipped over the Exec VP’s intro line and then the teleprompter got lost. Then the prompter went up and down – then I walked off. I guess live shows aren’t my thing.

Tom Tillison


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