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“She was in a hippity-hoppity mood”: 'BBC Dad' gives a follow-up interview

Of course, his (wriggly) young children make an appearance.

By Candice Mehta-Culjak
BBC Dad, Professor Robert E. Kelly

Professor Robert E. Kelly, a political science professor at Pusan National University in South Korea, recently became an internet sensation.

Why? Well, after appearing live on the BBC to discuss the recent impeachment of the country’s president, his toddler swaggered into the room... and completely stole the show.

And now - in his first interview since the very-important, very-serious and very-hilarious segment hit the internet - the entire family has sat down for another Skype interview.

“It’s a comedy of errors,” Mr Kelly said in a follow-up interview with The Wall Street Journal.

Mr Kelly goes on to explain that the blame for the perfectly-timed mishap lies squarely on his shoulders, as it was he who forgot to lock the door to his office in the moments before the interview.

You see, the unlocked door allowed his kids, 4-year-old Marion (finally, we can put a name to the swagger!) and 8-month-old James to make their unplanned guest appearances.

WATCH: 'BBC Dad' deals with his wriggly children during a follow-up interview. Post continues...

In a hilarious twist of fate, Mr Kelly’s wife Kim Jung-A explained that she didn’t realise the kids had gained entry into the room until she saw them live on TV -- she was recording the interview with her phone from the other room.

“He usually locks the door,” Ms Kim said. “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.”

Mr Kelly also took the time to address little Marion’s god-gifted swagger saying, “She was in a hippity-hoppity mood that day because of the school party.”

“I mean it was terribly cute,” Mr Kelly added. “I saw the video like everybody else. My wife did a great job cleaning up a really unanticipated situation as best she possibly could... It was funny. If you watch the tape I was sort of struggling to keep my own laughs down. They’re little kids and that’s how things are.”

“Yes I was mortified, but I also want my kids to feel comfortable coming to me,” Mr. Kelly said.

“I made this minor mistake that turned my family into YouTube stars. It’s pretty ridiculous.”

On behalf of the internet, may we thank you all for your no doubt historic contribution.

WATCH: Toddler interrupts a BBC Interview, swiftly goes viral.

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