Dad whose kids crashed in BBC interview shares new family photo 6 years later


March 15, 2023 | 6:38 p.m.

They have all grown up!

The academic whose two toddlers hilariously crashed his BBC live interview celebrated the sixth anniversary of the viral moment with a new set of family photos.

Professor Robert Kelly rose to fame in March 2017 as he tried to juggle comments about South Korean politics and fatherhood when his exuberant son and daughter burst into his home office.

Kelly, a professor of political science at Pusan ​​National University in South Korea, continued the interview comically, ignoring the chaos, while his wife, Jung-a Kim, rushed to take the children.

Six years later, Kelly, known as ‘BBC Dad’, has thanked the internet for the many jokes sparked by the incident since, sharing new photos of his daughter, Marion, 10, and son James, 6 years.

He tweeted: “Some BBC Dad content from the 6th anniversary of the original video took place last Friday. Marion sang last weekend, so we had some great family photos.

“Thank you again to all of you who follow me before the video.

“My family and me [are] flattered by your kindness.

Professor Robert Kelly’s live commentary on the BBC was interrupted by his children in March 2017.
The father’s son and daughter broke into his home office, but his wife eventually saved him from the chaos.

Marion, who opened the door and stomped into her dad’s office in the viral video, was pictured wearing a sparkly pink dress, and James, who waddled after his sister in a walker, was now dressed in a white shirt and a black sweater. vest.

Many took to social media to thank Kelly for reminding them of the viral moment, with Brandon Stanton, creator of Humans of New York, writing: “I think it’s the best thing the internet has ever produced.”

Another Twitter user added, “You have a beautiful family. And you have prepared us all for the post-pandemic world of Zoom. Pioneer.

The father decided to share updated photos of the family after his daughter, Marion, sang.
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Kelly pictured with his wife, Jung-a Kim, and children years after the viral moment.
Robert E. Kelly/Twitter

After the 2017 incident, the family rose to internet fame, with Marion and James even becoming the subjects of a cartoon.

American company Hans House has launched the online animated series Mina and Jack, featuring sibling protagonists who share many similarities with Marion and James.

While the show takes its liberties, changing the job of the children’s father from teacher to UN official, the mother character is a real-life yoga teacher.

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