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MSNBC viewers got an unexpected earful when a reporter got caught cursing live on the air in a breaking news segment.
NBC News national security correspondent Ken Dilanian was set to discuss a new report on the presidential election when, instead, he slipped in some profanity and left anchor Craig Melvin momentarily speechless. Dilanian later apologized to the MSNBC viewers on the air and on social media.
Dilanian apparently was not aware he was on air as Melvin set up the segment, which focused on how the Trump administration “is handling the incoming transition with the Biden team, or not handling it,” as relating to an intelligence community issue.
“Ken, what have you learned, sir?” Melvin asked the reporter who had been on a split screen the whole time.
Wait for it 😂 😂 😂
— Eddie Zipperer (@EddieZipperer) November 10, 2020
Dilanian glanced down at his phone momentarily and then said simply, “oh sh-t, f-ck.”
MSNBC quickly cut away from Dilanian, back to Melvin who waited a moment before telling viewers, “okay, I think we lost Ken for a second. We’ll try to get him back there.”
Naturally, people wanted to know what caused such a reaction from the reporter.
But WHY did Ken Dilanian curse on live TV?
— Wajahat “Wears a Mask Because of a Pandemic” Ali (@WajahatAli) November 10, 2020
What did he see? 🤔
— 🇺🇸Rob Davis 🇺🇸 (@rbdvs) November 10, 2020
Looked like he got some bad news.
— WE THE VOTERS CHOSE OUR PRESIDENT. (@cvaladez253) November 10, 2020
Dilanian soon addressed the moment as he rejoined Melvin on the air.
— Free Beacon (@FreeBeacon) November 10, 2020
“We were having some technical difficulties a few moments ago,” the MSNBC anchor said as he repeated his earlier question about the Trump administration.
“Hey, Craig. First, I want to sincerely apologize to viewers who may have heard me use profanity at the top of the last hit,” Dilanian said.
“What we’re learning today is the potential impact of the resistance of the Trump administration to acknowledge the Biden win in the intelligence arena specifically,” he said, moving on with his report.
The reporter addressed the slip-up on Twitter where he explained what had actually happened.
“I was experiencing some technical difficulties and mistakenly hung up on the control room, though my mic still was on,” he wrote, chalking it up to the “perils of playing producer, cameraman and tech support all at the same time from home.”
So sorry for the profanity I used on air last hour. I was experiencing some technical difficulties and mistakenly hung up on the control room, though my mic still was on. Perils of playing producer, cameraman and tech support all at the same time from home. #2020 🙃
— Ken Dilanian (@KenDilanianNBC) November 10, 2020
Twitter users had plenty of reactions to the momentary lapse and Dilanian’s subsequent apology.
Come for the expletives, stay for @craigmelvin‘s “okay”
— The Recount (@therecount) November 10, 2020
I love this. 2020 in one sentence.
— Paul #WearAMask #JusticeIsComing (@PaulDelaware) November 10, 2020
Finally something newsworthy on MSNBC.
— johnny credulous boomer rube (@johnnycy89) November 10, 2020
I’m pretty sure he just learned that Biden doesn’t have the 270 anymore… 😂😂😂😂🇺🇸
— “Red Tsunami” -Smart Deplorable Chump Susie (@que1745) November 10, 2020
Craig’s face, tho. 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂
— Libby Holden (@LibbyHolden1) November 10, 2020
It made my morning. I giggled like a little girl. Then re-tweeted it. pic.twitter.com/y0yGyKyRYx
— Dr. Robin Mitchell (@ParisNoire) November 10, 2020
We’re all human, Ken, don’t sweat it.
— Peter Ray (@WPeterRay) November 10, 2020