The little girl who danced into the background of Mary Ann Ahern‘s WMAQ live shot says she just wanted to be on television.
“I wanted to be on TV ’cause I’ve never been on TV,” Janiyah Rushtold DNA Info this week. The viral video star said she hopes to be a singer, dancer and doctor when she grows up, noting her dancing is inspired by her family and the song “Single Ladies.”
“Diana Ross had the Supremes, Gladys Knight had the Pips, I’ve got my own backup dancer!” Ahern tweeted after video of the June report (watch above) went viral.
A bizarre story out of Fresno, Calif., is putting KMPH reporter Jessob Reisbeck — and a homeless hitchhiker who travels with a hatchet named Kai — in the spotlight.
Kai was hitching a ride with Jett Simmons McBride when McBride intentionally ran his car into a black PG&E worker. He got out of the car and grabbed another woman, reportedly claiming he was Jesus Christ and shouting racist epithets. Kai got out of the passenger seat and hit McBride in the head with the blunt end of his hatchet, saving the woman’s life.
“I f—ing ran up behind him with a hatchet — smash, smash, smash!” Kai told Reisbeck (video above).
Reisbeck’s interview with Kai has gone viral, with the unedited version (which is more than five minutes long and features some very creative NSFW language) notching more than 360,000 YouTube views since it was posted yesterday. Watch it after the jump. Read more
We’re now hearing from the host of that chaotic New Year’s Eve special last week on an independent TV station in LA. Actor/comedian Jamie Kennedy talks with the New York Times about the special on KDOC, which was once part-owned by Pat Boone and once included shows hosted by televangelists.
Last Monday, KDOC viewers were treated to poorly produced TV at its best, including profanities, innuendos and a fight. By nearlyallaccounts, the special went horribly awry. But Kennedy says it was supposed to be that way. (Watch the highlights above, if YouTube hasn’t already yanked this version too).
Kennedy tells the New York Times‘ Dave Itzkoff the special “was totally supposed to be like that.”
Q: So, did the special turn out the way you wanted?
A: We wanted to make almost an anti-New Year’s Eve show, and the recipe calls for unexpected. We had an open bar for our guests, we were unrehearsed. It was not glamorous. We shot at the apex of craziness on Hollywood Boulevard on New Year’s Eve, in front of one of the most highly visible places, the Chinese Theater, and it was more like a block party type of feel.
Q: The online reaction to the special has been very polarized and in many cases extremely negative. Does that bother you?
This week, Oklahoma City NBC-affiliate KFOR posted a photo sent in by a viewer on its Facebook page that showed a collection of street lamps that had been melted by extreme heat. The image quickly went viral and the consensus was that record high temperatures in the area had melted the lamps.
It turns out, though, that the melting was actually caused by a recent dumpster fire that occurred underneath the lamps. Read more
A strange video from WTVR popped up online recently in which weathercaster Aaron Justus delivers an apocalyptic forecast for the Richmond CBS-affiliate. In addition to a volcanic eruption and a super hurricane, Justus’s forecast includes Godzilla (video above).
Sensing that the image would inevitably go viral, Houston NBC-affiliate KPRC recently posted a screenshot on its Facebook page of a man who appears to be taking a leak in the station’s weather garden, feet behind chief meteorologist Frank Billingsley.
“Since this will go viral any way, we might as well let you know it’s not what you think,” KPRC wrote on its Facebook page, posting the above photo. “That guy is an electrical contractor stringing wires in our weather garden. In case you’re wondering, yep, we’re mortified and laughing at the same time and we picked this frame specifically because Frank’s pose is just the cherry on top of it all.” Read more
According to Richards, Biggs got naked while his entourage filmed the scene for a web video. WGN security cameras captured it all on tape and the station posted it online, in addition to playing the footage during its newscasts. Read more
Katie Davis, a reporter at WJAR in Providence, had some competition for camera time while she was shooting a stand-up at a farm in Tiverton recently.
Davis was interrupted by a rooster chasing her out of the barn and pecking at her leg. “That’s the first time I’ve been attacked by a rooster at work!” Davis exclaims.
“What’s it going to be like on YouTube?” her photographer asked.
WJAR posted the viral video on the station’s Facebook page and website. “That rooster actualy chased me 3 or 4 times,” Davis wrote. “We thought he went back into the chicken coop, when suddenly he suprised me! Ironically he was the smallest rooster in the farm. The big guys couldn’t care less that we were there!”
Watch it after the jump (warning: video plays automatically). Read more
After Albert Ramon visited a fourth grade class and talked about meteorology, one student paid the KVUE morning meteorologist a high complement: “You’re more awesome than a monkey wearing a tuxedo made out bacon riding a cyborg unicorn with a lightsaber for the horn on the tip of a space shuttle closing in on Mars while ingulfed in flames.”
The fourth grader’s epic thank you letter (inside) recently went viral after Ramon posted it on his Facebook page last week and then a KVUE producer’s sister posted it on Reddit. Read more