NBC’s security and intelligence correspondent Ken Dilanian has just sworn live in the middle of a Tuesday television show. In a television interview with Craig Melvin on MSNBC, Dilanian seemed unaware he was on the air when he suddenly began uttering swear words in front of running cameras.
The topic Dilanian and Melvin were to discuss was the Trump administration’s transitional support for the Biden administration. Melvin asked Dilanian what he had learned about the American intelligence community and the impending transition. Dilanian did not address the issue. Instead, there was the now viral, uncomfortable moment.
Dilanian looked down at his phone and muttered, “Oh s**t, f**k.” Melvin pursed his lips before answering, “Okay.”
Needless to say, people on Twitter caught the obscenity-filled faux pas and passed it on.
LOL what just happened, @KenDilanianNBC?
– Holly Figueroa O’Reilly (@AynRandPaulRyan) November 10, 2020
This just happened on @craigmelvin @MSNBC and it is perfect in every way…ð¤£ð¤£ð¤£ð¤£ pic.twitter.com/U4cTm5qlj4
– Maya Harris (@mayaharris_) November 10, 2020
Dilanian apologized on Twitter on Tuesday and attributed the error to some technical problems. He wrote: “I am so sorry for the obscenities I used on air in the last hour. I had some technical difficulties and accidentally hung up in the control room even though my microphone was still on. It is dangerous to play producer, cameraman and technical support at the same time from home.
I am very sorry for the obscenities I have used on air in the last hour. I had some technical difficulties and accidentally hung up in the control room while my microphone was still on. The danger of the producer, the cameraman and the technical support playing from home at the same time. #2020 ð
– Ken Dilanian (@KenDilanianNBC) November 10, 2020.