Remember this time last year when Professor Robert Kelly, an expert on Korean politics, became an instant celebrity during a live interview on BBC News? Here’s what’s happened since…

In March 2017 the Professor was discussing the impeachment of South Korea’s president Park Geun-hye when his young daughter appeared in the background in his study.

While most people thought the live TV interview was hilarious, some were not so amused at the way he treated his child.

Footage of the interview appeared on Twitter and quickly went viral.

However some were quick to point out that the clip was, in fact, bad and wrong, and not funny at all.

Critics commented disapprovingly on the way Professor Kelly tried to push his daughter away.

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Mr Kelly has described how his life changed after his kids crashed his live BBC TV interview, turning his family into internet celebrities.

Sharing an article for online journal The Interpreter, Mr Kelly said he’s been photographed shopping for milk, solicited for television commercials and was even pulled over by a cop who wanted a selfie, shares STUFF.

“Losing anonymity has easily been the biggest change in our lives since the video,” he wrote.

“People recognise us a lot – at the store, on aeroplanes, in movie theatres, while shopping.”

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  • Such an innocent thing to have happened – but to be stripped of anonymity must be very hard to take.


  • Must be awful to be an instant celebrity when it is not what you want.


  • Poor man. He was just stressed that his kid was going to cost him his job. He didn’t do anything wrong.

    • Unfortunately there is always so much judgment.


  • I like the smile on the face of dad, while he isn’t losing his professional role. Let’s see the humor in this like dad.


  • I think his reaction was entirely understandable, and since mum was probably a bit panicked, so was hers.


  • Not sure what the point of this article was actually?


  • um yeah this was so redic! who cares, the guy can do whatever and his wife is who i felt sorry for. controlling the kids just for her hubby isn’t something that she should get upped for. the public needs to step back


  • We are always so quick to find fault.
    This is a Dad that is doing a very professional job from home. Before that door opened we had no idea he was at home. Its very doubtful that he would be in there alone for hours on end. It was most likely a 10 to 20 minute window where young Miss would know she is not allowed to disturb Daddy. He is dressed in suit and tie and doing his job to earn money for the family. If it was a woman dressed up looking all professional and the kids came in and the Dad came in to get them im sure we would all knock the Dad for not watching the kids correctly or the woman for putting her job before he kids. Sorry but children need to learn the rules and follow them. She new she wasnt supposed to be in there. She was trying it on I bet. Dad only lightly pushed her back. Mum on the other hand dragged her out by the arm…LOL…Im sure the little girl was fine. Lets not over react.


  • He eased her back gently, he didn’t push her roughly. Maybe it was just so she wouldn’t yell into the speaker. The mistake he made wsd he should have made sure the kids weren’t in the room. The Mum wasn’t exactly gentle how she pulled the girl out of the room.


  • I thought this interview was very funny and didn’t think the Professor was really on top of handling this, his little smirk as it happened was also funny.


  • I saw this on telly and thought it was quite funny!


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