Embarrassing Live Television Bloopers That Will Go Down in History
Embarrassing moments occur on a daily basis for many people — when you’re in line for coffee, sitting in traffic or even on live television. For those who live life in front of the camera, a forgotten line, a careless bit of improv or just a standard case of stage fright can lead to a funny moment that goes insanely viral and never dies.
Regardless, the show must go on — even when the embarrassment feels overwhelming. Check out these embarrassing live television bloopers that are sure to go down in history.
The Wardrobe Malfunction that Stole the Show
The American Super Bowl Halftime Show is one of the most-watched television events of the year. Millions of people tune in to live-tweet the performance, but in 2004, people weren't just tweeting about Janet Jackson’s and Justin Timberlake's performance, they were tweeting about a very scandalous wardrobe malfunction.
Kanye West Is at It Again!
Since the beginning of his career, Kanye West has really known how to make headlines. Through controversial ideas and groundbreaking albums, he has become a significant cultural presence. At the 2009 Video Music Awards, he made his opinion known when he drunkenly jumped on stage to interrupt a surprised Taylor Swift.
A John Travolta & Adele Danzeem Duet, Anyone?
John Travolta stole hearts in Saturday Night Fever and Grease, making girls everywhere wish they had a singing, dancing, cool guy of their own. In 2014, however, he made an uncool blunder at the Oscars.
A Very Carey New Year's Eve
When the cold weather rolls around, out comes the queen of the holiday season. In true festive spirit, Mariah Carey performed front and center at the New Year's Rockin' Eve show in 2016 — but not to her usual standards.
Lady Liberty Looking a Little Green
Wendy Williams made one Halloween edition of her show extra scary for her audience in 2017. Elaborately dressed as Lady Liberty, she passed out mid-sentence in a most dramatic display. Even the long commercial break couldn't make us forget the incident.
A Cruise on the Couch
Hollywood heartthrob Tom Cruise had women losing their minds when he appeared on an episode of Oprah in 2005. The actor was overflowing with energy and really took things to the next level when Oprah asked him about his relationship with actress Katie Holmes.
A Mistake of Fictional Proportions
Many of cinema's most iconic films of all time have been recognized at the prestigious Academy Awards. Unfortunately, there have also been a fair share of mistakes, including a major one in 2017.
Steve Harvey Did It First
When it comes to crowning the wrong winner, Steve Harvey takes the cake. If a beauty pageant isn't emotional enough for you, throwing a misread winner into the mix should do the trick and make you gasp in horror.
Who Says the Kardashian-Jenners Don't Have Talent?
Kendall Jenner, one of the younger sisters in the Kardashian-Jenner empire, has claimed her fame as a runway model and social media personality. In 2014, she was a presenter at the Billboard Music Awards.
Jenni-'Falling' with Grace
Although she's known for her serious roles in X-Men, Red Sparrow and The Hunger Games, Jennifer Lawrence is one of the quirkiest women in Hollywood. She has famous good humor and a down-to-earth personality, which came in handy during the 2013 Academy Awards.
Simpson Does the Jitterbug
Ashlee Simpson's musical career seemed to be taking off when she landed a spot as SNL's musical guest in 2004. Known for her songs "Pieces of Me" and "Boyfriend," the pop star was sure to put on a great show that evening — and she did.
Miss-Understanding the Question
Beauty pageants aren't easy. They require determination, discipline and the ability to thoughtfully answer all kinds of questions. At the 2007 Miss Teen USA competition, Miss South Carolina, Lauren Caitlin Upton, missed the mark.
Don't Forget to Lock the Door
BBC is a political powerhouse that specializes in serious and credible interviews and news reports. Robert Kelly, a political science professor and Korean relations expert, was giving a live interview from his apartment in Busan when his children burst into the room while he was discussing South Korean politics.
The Boy Who Cried Hoax
Richard and Mayumi Heene of Colorado planned for their 15 minutes of fame at the expense of their son, Falcon, after they claimed he was trapped inside a homemade helium balloon they had released. A search for his body commenced, and it turned out, he was hiding in their attic the whole time.
Seacrest, Give Me Five!
Ryan Seacrest is a host beyond compare. His charming personality makes him lovable on every show, except when he accidentally mixes up a congratulations on American Idol.
Brooke Shields, Take Three
The Tony Awards are for TV's best and brightest — or maybe not. At the 2011 Tony's, Neil Patrick Harris, who hosted the show, went into the audience and had celebrities sing verses as part of his bit. Brooke Shields was one of them, but maybe she shouldn't have been.
Academy Awards Nominate "Dick Poop"
Anyone with an exotic name knows how frustrating it can be to have someone mispronounce your name. When the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Cheryl Boone Isaacs took to the stage to announce the nominations for Best Cinematographer, things took a turn for the worse.
Miss Nebraska Gives the Judges a Show
Speaking of pageants and wardrobe malfunctions, the best one to date happened unexpectedly and without her knowing. At the 2014 Miss America pageant, Miss Nebraska Megan Swanson gave the audience an embarrassing view.
Jack Fell Down and So Did His Phone
Since their conception, iPhones have taken the world by storm. People stand in mile-long lines in front of every Apple store in order to get their hands on newly released technology. When the iPhone 6 was released in Perth, a young boy named Jack was the first to buy one.
What a MURStake!
X Factor is a show filled with beautiful musical talent, charming hosts and tons of suspense. Unfortunately, with every great show comes the risk of spoilers, which is exactly what Olly Murs contributed during his host debut in 2015.
‘Til Death (and Talk Show Hosts) Do Us Part
A journalist's job is to present the facts. For Kathie Lee Gifford on The Today Show, it seems that no one presented the facts to her. When Martin Short guest-starred on the show, Gifford asked him a question from which few could recover.
The Popcorn Is All Over the Floor!
Accepting an award is an incredible honor, whether it’s a spelling bee or a Hollywood awards show. For Kristen Stewart, who rose to stardom through her central role in the Twilight franchise, the hard part seemed to be holding on to the award, literally.
Excuse Me, Ma'am, We're Professionals!
Do you know what TV broadcasters and scientists have in common? They both have to be prepared for anything, especially explosions on air. For this experiment gone wrong, no one could have predicted things would get so out of hand.
Weather or Not
Even the most amateur actors know that you're not supposed to wear green in front of a green screen, as anything that color disappears when creating the special effects. For this FOX weather girl, it appears she didn't get the memo.
Your Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Oops!
Superheroes are always there when you need them — usually. During an ABC News live broadcast of the New Year's Eve celebration in New York City, Spider-Man came swooping into the scene next to reporter Sara Haines.
Oh, Say Can You... Sing?
One of the greatest honors at sporting events goes to the person who sings the National Anthem before game time. One such singer was the talented Christina Aguilera, who is known for her amazing pipes — and that one time she messed up the anthem.
The Man of the Millennium
The stars aligned in 2002 when Michael Jackson's birthday fell on the same day as the MTV Music Awards. The show included a birthday cake for Jackson and was presented by pop icon Britney Spears.
Technology Doesn't Have to Replace Everything
News reporters often have to roll with the punches to keep the show going. When props don't pan out, the best thing to do is just go with it, as BBC newsreader Simon McCoy so comically does during one report.
Plaza Vs. Ferrell – Round One!
Will Ferrell might be the king of cringe in his comedic roles, but at the 2013 MTV Movie Awards, he wasn't the one delivering the awkwardness. Aubrey Plaza, known for her role in Parks and Recreation, rushed onstage as Ferrell was giving an acceptance speech for Comedic Genius and attempted to grab the award with one of her hands while gripping a drink in the other.
But I Don't Wanna Be a Hugger!
In the age of social media, it seems that everyone knows everyone. In 2017, however, this wasn't the case for Jerry Seinfeld. While being interviewed by Tommy McFly on the red carpet, Seinfeld was approached by singer Kesha, who was a fan of the comedian.