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Worst Moments in Live TV

While live television can be full of wonderful moments, it can also be a breeding ground for craziness and embarrassment. From wardrobe malfunctions to on-air gaffes, anything can happen when the cameras are rolling. Here are some of the craziest things that have ever happened on live TV.

10 Worst Moments in Live TV

The Super Bowl XXXVIII halftime show wardrobe malfunction

In 2004, Justin Timberlake and Janet Jackson were performing at the Super Bowl halftime show when Timberlake accidentally ripped off part of Jackson’s costume, exposing her breast on live TV. The moment caused a massive uproar, with many people accusing Timberlake of deliberately trying to humiliate Jackson.

The Iraq War coverage bloopers

During the early days of the Iraq War, there were a number of embarrassing bloopers committed by news anchors covering the conflict. One memorable moment came when an MSNBC reporter referred to Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein as “Mr. Potato Head.”

The Oprah Winfrey show giveaway fiasco

In 2004, Oprah Winfrey gave away a number of cars to her studio audience. However, things quickly turned chaotic when it was revealed that many of the cars were defective and not roadworthy. The situation led to a number of lawsuits against both Winfrey and the car company.

The “F-bomb” dropped on live TV

In 2007, actor Gilbert Gottfried was appearing on the Fox News show Red Eye when he let slip an F-bomb during a discussion about the war in Iraq. Though the show was airing in the late-night hours, the incident still caused a stir.

The “wardrobe malfunction” on Dancing with the Stars

In 2008, contestant Melissa Rycroft was performing on Dancing with the Stars when her top came undone, exposing her breast on live TV. The moment caused a major controversy, with many people accusing the show of deliberately trying to exploit Rycroft.

The “wardrobe malfunction” on So You Think You Can Dance

In 2009, contestant Lacey Schwimmer was performing on So You Think You Can Dance when her skirt came undone, exposing her buttocks on live TV. Though the moment was brief, it still caused a major stir.

The Kanye West interruption at the VMAs

In 2009, Kanye West interrupted Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech at the MTV Video Music Awards, declaring that Beyonce should have won the award instead. The moment caused a major backlash against West, with many people accusing him of being rude and arrogant.

The Steve Harvey Miss Universe mix-up

In 2015, Steve Harvey mistakenly announced that Miss Colombia had won the Miss Universe pageant, when in fact it was Miss Philippines who had won. The mix-up led to a major embarrassment for both Harvey and the pageant.

The Oscars “Best Picture” mix-up

In 2017, the Academy Awards made a major blunder when they mistakenly announced that La La Land had won the award for Best Picture, when in fact it was Moonlight that had won. The mix-up led to confusion and chaos on stage, and will likely go down as one of the most infamous moments in Oscars history.

The live TV proposal gone wrong

In 2018, a man named Deon Cameron attempted to propose to his girlfriend on live television, during a news segment about the Winter Olympics. However, his girlfriend was not pleased with the proposal and rejected him on air. The awkward moment quickly went viral.

These are just a few of the most infamous moments in live TV history. With the pressure of being live, anything can happen. And as these examples show, sometimes things don’t always go according to plan.