One of the many tribulations of a live TV report has to be members of the public trying to get their heads on the telly to the chagrin of the reporter and crew.
Well, British telly hack Callum Watkinson was having none of it when he found himself on the end of some unwanted attention while reporting for TV network ITV in the city of Birmingham.
It’s not entirely clear what started the melee, but footage – that appears to be shot on a passerby’s phone – has since gone viral and shows Watkinson berating some youths standing nearby and then threatetning to “fucking bang you out!”
“I’m not a higher class than you mate, I’ve got a job, have you got a job?” he yells.
To which his apparent tormenter replies “Yeah”.
Watkinson then responds: “Well don’t fucking do it and I won’t come into your workplace and start fucking with you idiot.”
The now very irate presenter then threatens violence: “You get me behind me again, I’m gonna fucking bang you out.
“Why don’t you go and get a job and then I’ll come behind you and start being an idiot?”
He then asked: “Where do you work? Footlocker? Or McDonald’s?”
But the journo doesn’t let up, asking: “Mate, how about sorry for trying to mess up my work? How about that?
“Do you know how hard it is to broadcast live to half a million people?
“Do you know how hard it is to concentrate? It’s quite hard, without someone in the background going ‘Ooh I’m on TV!’”
Check out the meltdown below. And, for the record, B&T has no idea what the actual report was about:
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