‘Oh sh**’: NBC’s Ken Dilanian curses live on MSNBC, blames ‘technical difficulties’
NBC’s Ken Dilanian was live on-air with MSNBC’s Craig Melvin during an interview for breaking news when he suddenly looked down at his phone and started issuing expletives. Dilanian presumably did not realize he was on the air when Melvin asked him to report on the news and his response was a string of profanities. Melvin said it was okay realizing that Dilanian probably did not know his mic was on and then cut away saying they were having technical difficulties.
Melvin was going to a segment on the Trump administration’s refusal to concede and work on the presidential transition with Joe Biden’s team, when he asked Dilanian, “Ken, what have you learned, sir?”
Dilanian, possibly thinking his zoom connection had been lost and not realizing he was on camera, could be seen and heard whispering to himself, “Oh, sh*t. F*ck.” A stunned Melvin quickly recovered and then said, “OK, I think we lost Ken for a second.”
Those on social media thought the segment was hilarious and it went viral. Many wondered what Dilanian saw on his phone that made him curse. Some stated it was a bit disconcerting for someone who covers national security to slip up this way.
Dilanian apologized to his viewers for the cursing on-air.
“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.”
Shortly after the show wrapped, Dilanian again apologized, this time on Twitter, attributing the mishap to the year from hell.
“So sorry for the profanity I used on last hour. I was experiencing some technical difficulties and mistakenly hung up on the control room, though my mic was still on. Perils of playing producer, cameraman and tech support all at the same time from home. #2020,” he tweeted, signing off with the emoji smiling upside down.
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
Dilanian has also been reporting on the transition, including President Trump’s decision to fire Secretary of Defense Mark Esper and Attorney General William Barr’s memo that laid the groundwork for investigations of electoral fraud. The top Justice Department official overseeing the voter fraud investigations unit then resigned in protest.
A number of commenters stated that Dilanian’s ‘glitch’ was the perfect way to sum up the 2020 presidential election.
Moments later, Ken Dilanian is brought back on to deliver his report and he addresses his blunder.
"I want to sincerely apologize to viewers who may have heard me use profanity at the top of the last hit." pic.twitter.com/9s1LiWzt8U
— Justin Baragona (@justinbaragona) November 10, 2020
Ken Dilanian expressing the mood of the nation just now. pic.twitter.com/DA9iI0dzBn
— New York Mammoths (@NYMammoths) November 10, 2020
— Joe Evans (@AsianJoeEvans) November 10, 2020