16 Most Spectacular TV News Meltdowns and Mic Drops (VIDEOS)

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16 Most Spectacular TV News Meltdowns and Mic Drops (VIDEOS)

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16 Most Spectacular TV News Meltdowns and Mic Drops (VIDEOS)

Many TV anchors and reporters are unfailingly professional. Others, however, have had their moments of weakness.

In this age of YouTube, no on-air freakout, meltdown, feud, and panic attack goes undocumented — and we’re all the more mirthful because of it!

See some of the craziest of these unscripted moments in the slideshow above.

(Like that infamous anchor in Network said, a lot of these people were mad as hell and weren’t going to take it anymore!)

16 Most Spectacular TV News Meltdowns and Mic Drops (VIDEOS)
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1. “What the f—k are you doing?!”

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1. “What the f—k are you doing?!”

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At the end of a teaser for an upcoming news broadcast In 2008, WNYC anchor Sue Simmons exclaimed, “What the f—k are you doing?!” — unaware her mic was still hot.

She later revealed she was yelling at co-anchor Chuck Scarborough because he was too preoccupied with his computer.

“I wanted to get his attention so I said, ‘What the f—k are you doing?!’” she told gathering of the New York Association of Black Journalists in 2012.

“Do you know, he still didn’t hear me?”

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2. Reporter goes weightless and gets scared bleep-less

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2. Reporter goes weightless and gets scared bleep-less

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Disneyland’s Tower of Terror ride recently got a Guardians of the Galaxy makeover, but ABC 30 reporter Cory James clearly hadn’t experienced any version of the ride before — given the shrillness of his screams he and his fellow thrill-seekers hit zero Gs.

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3. Cannabis-loving reporter quits in the middle of a broadcast

3. Cannabis-loving reporter quits in the middle of a broadcast

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After reporting on the Alaska Cannabis Club for KTVA, reporter Charlo Greene revealed she was actually the club’s owner and would be devoting all of her time to marijuana reform.

“As for this job, well… not that I have a choice, but f—k it. I quit,” she said with a shrug before exiting stage right.

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4. An anchor-vs-meteorologist shade-fest

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4. An anchor-vs-meteorologist shade-fest

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Nicole Brewer, anchor of Philadelphia’s CBS 3, and Carol Erickson, the station’s meteorologist, seem to really hate each other. Just check out this mashup of their underhanded comments.

Example snark: “Carol, I understand you have some good news and possibly a halo behind you … It always comes into question when it’s you and a halo.”

Example sarcasm: “Lovely like you, Carol, is how I would describe [the weather].”

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5. Kardashianed out

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5. Kardashianed out

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In 2015, Good Day Orlando anchor John Brown just couldn’t handle a story about Kylie Jenner naming her new rabbit Bruce.

“It’s a non-story!” he shouted.

“We talk about this family every freakin’ day on this show. No one cares about this family anymore! I’ve had enough!

“It’s Friday! I want to have a good Friday! I don’t want to talk about the Kardashians!”

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6. Bill O’Reilly goes apoplectic

6. Bill O’Reilly goes apoplectic

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Before his now-terminated tenure on Fox News, Bill O’Reilly anchored Inside Edition, and one day he just could not understand the phrase “to play us out” (in reference to a Sting clip that would end the episode).

As his time to record the intro ran out, his temper boiled over.

“We’ll do it live!” he screamed. “F—k it! Do it live! I’ll write it, and we’ll do it live! F—king thing sucks!”

Even as his mic cuts out and the camera pulls away in this video, you can see his hissy fit rage on.

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7. “Fisticuffs at a Manhattan high school”

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7. “Fisticuffs at a Manhattan high school”

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This reporter was reporting on “fisticuffs at a Manhattan high school” when he himself got into fisticuffs with a guy who wouldn’t get out of his shot, tackling the interloper to the ground.

Then, in a real mic-drop moment, he left his combatant with these parting words: “Put that on your MySpace page, son of a bitch!”

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8. Bugging out

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8. Bugging out

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This hapless reporter was in the middle of a very serious story outside a high school when a bug flew into his mouth.

“The f—k is that?” he shouted. “Shit! I’m dying in this f—king, country-ass, f—ked-up town!”

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9. A lizard ambush

9. A lizard ambush

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Speaking of critters, this lizard apparently got a bit jealous of the attention this Dallas reporter was paying to a snake, and the lizard jumped on the guy’s suit, causing the guy to spaz and fall over.

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10. A cockroach freakout is “not who he is”

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10. A cockroach freakout is “not who he is”

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Weatherman Justin Mosely’s voice went up a few octaves when a cockroach crawled up his leg during a weather report… and then again when it reared its ugly head later in the segment.

“Oh my god!” he shrieked “There it is!”

From what SNN6 station general manager Lisa DesMarais told The St. Petersburg Times, it sounds like Justin is embarrassed by his freakout.

“It was basically something that happened during a pre-taping,” she said. “He wants to get past this. It’s not who he is.”

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11. “Let me talk, Carol!”

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11. “Let me talk, Carol!”

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CNN meteorologist Chad Myers did not take kindly to anchor Carol Costello interrupting his Hurricane Katrina report in 2005.

“Let me talk, Carol!” he yelled, before throwing his papers to the ground. “If you would let me talk!”

He later tried to save face: “Just having fun with you this morning.”

“It’s a stressful time, I know,” Carol said, laughing.

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12. A panic attack on live TV

12. A panic attack on live TV

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Dan Harris suffered a panic attack while reporting the news on Good Morning America in 2004 — looking visibly stressed, slurring his words, and ending the news report early.

And that terrifying experience sparked to his journey to inner peace through meditation, as he documented in his book 10% Happier.

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13. Whatever Lola wants

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13. Whatever Lola wants

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A parrot named Lola just wanted her 15 minutes of fame last year — and she flew onto the shoulder of Australian Network Nine reporter Brittney Kleyn.

“Oh my god, oh my god, can you please get it off me?” she begged her coworkers. “It’s not funny there, guys. It’s not funny.”

Happily, the virality of this news blooper helped reunite Lola with her owner.

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14. “I was your boss once”

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14. “I was your boss once”

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In 2001, FOX 5 anchor Jim Ryan and reporter Dick Oliver got into a terse argument in the middle of a live Good Day New York broadcast — when Jim was dissatisfied with a live interview of Dick’s.

“If I have to teach you how to be a reporter, Ollie, I’ll do that later,” Jim said.

“I’ll give you some lessons on how to be an editor because I was your boss once,” Dick responded.

“Yeah, you were and are no longer,” Jim replied. “How did that happen?”

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15. Dan Marino’s “dammit” moment

15. Dan Marino’s “dammit” moment

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Dan Marino performed well under pressure as a Miami Dolphins quarterback — less so as a host of HBO’s Inside the NFL.

In 2006, he fumbled his words, said “Dammit,” and slammed his fist on the desk twice in rage.

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16. Chris Berman’s football freakout

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16. Chris Berman’s football freakout

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Covering football must be stressful work — because commentator Chris Berman had a meltdown, too.

Apparently, he was distracted by people moving around behind the camera during a 2000 taping of Monday Night Football.

“So g—ddamn rude!” he said.

“Why does everyone all of a sudden have to move? You had two f—king hours to move around. Wait ten minutes! Jesus! … It’s like no one’s ever worked on TV here before.”

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Many TV anchors and reporters are unfailingly professional. Others, however, have had their moments of weakness.

In this age of YouTube, no on-air freakout, meltdown, feud, and panic attack goes undocumented — and we’re all the more mirthful because of it!

See some of the craziest of these unscripted moments in the slideshow above.

(Like that infamous anchor in Network said, a lot of these people were mad as hell and weren’t going to take it anymore!)