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The ‘BBC Dad’ Behind the Viral Video Speaks Out

The viral star who was never meant to be.


Professor Robert E. Kelly, who is now known to the world as “BBC Dad,” spoke to The New York Times about life after going viral.

BBC Dad broke the internet when his children broke into the room during his on-air interview, and the world instantly became obsessed with his fashionable, feisty, four-year-old daughter Marion.

“This is now the first line in my obituary,” BBC Dad said during a press conference at Pusan National University in South Korea, where he is a political science professor.

“My real life punched through the fake cover I had created on television,” he told the Times, “This is the kind of thing a lot of working parents can relate to.”

Commenters who watch the video accused BBC Dad of abusing his daughter when he pushed her during the interview.

“I was not shoving Marion out of the way,” he said, “I was trying to slide Marion behind the chair because we have toys and books in the room,” hoping they would distract her.

Our now favorite professor summed it all up probably best in his interview with The Wall Street Journal:

“Well, it was some sort of mixture of surprise and embarrassment and amusement, and I suppose, love and affection. I mean, it was terribly cute. I saw the video just like anybody else, it is really funny.”

Watch his interview about the viral video:

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