Fortunately for most of us, our quarrels in the workplace are usually not broadcast live in a country of viewing or seen by millions of internet users around the world.
Two presenters from Namibia’s flagship broadcaster went viral after their excruciatingly awkward exchange was seen live on air.
The argument started when news anchor Elmarie Kapunda pitched at her colleague Jessica Kaimu for a sports segment.
Kapunda then introduced the segment further, before Kaimu cut him off: No, you’re not going to do that. You’re just going to greet me and say, ‘Take it off’, ”she said.
But unfortunately for Kapunda and Kaimu, a Twitter user captured the moment and their tweet went viral.
The misstep took place on the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) network.
Lazarus Jacobs, chairman of the network’s board, told CNN: “Unfortunately for the sports presenter, I don’t know what happened to her headset, (but) she didn’t realize that it was on the air. What people heard and saw was something that was supposed to happen behind the scenes. “
Nonetheless, the phrase “Jessica, we’re live” has gone viral across Namibia, South Africa and beyond, with users online expressing shock and support to news readers. Many speculated that the two newsreaders disagreed live, with some taking sides in the perceived debate.
“Who was wrong on ‘Jessica, we’re live’ day? One user asked in a viral tweet, imagining the question would appear in Namibia’s history tests two decades from now.
“Finally, Namibia has a celebrity and her name is Jessica. All of Africa celebrates her as Madiba, ”added another.
But Jacobs told CNN: “There was no disagreement of any kind. The two ladies are good colleagues (and) last night they had a live chat where they had a good laugh. “
“Once you realize you’re on the air and said something that might be inappropriate for the viewer, you basically freeze,” Jacobs said, adding that the couple had agreed to participate in training. airwaves but dismissing reports in local media that they would be removed from office.
“I personally spoke to the two ladies to reassure them that their job security is not threatened. It was an honest mistake, it could happen to anyone, ”Jacobs told CNN.