Fortunately for most of us, our workplace struggle is not usually broadcast live to a sighted nation or seen by millions of Internet users worldwide.
Two presenters on Namibia’s flagship transmitter have gone viral after their eerily awkward exchange was seen live on air.
The argument began when news anchor Elmarie Kapunda threw to her colleague Jessica Kaimu for a sports segment.
Kapunda continued to introduce the segment further before Kaimu cut her off: No, you will not do that. You just want to greet me and say, ‘take it away,’ “she said.
“Jessica, we’re alive,” Kapunda replied – leading to a creepy inducing silence between the couple that none of the presenters dare break. They are eventually rescued by the news program̵
But unfortunately for Kapunda and Kaimu, a Twitter user caught the moment and their tweet went viral.
Faux pas took place on the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) network.
Lazarus Jacobs, chairman of the network’s board, told CNN: “Unfortunately for the sportswoman, I do not know what happened in her earpiece, (but) she did not realize she was in the air. What people heard and saw was something that should happen behind the scenes. “
Nevertheless, the phrase “Jessica, we are alive” has gone viral throughout Namibia, South Africa and beyond, with online users expressing shock and support to news readers. Many assumed that the two news readers disagreed out of thin air, with some taking sides in the perceived debate.
“Who was wrong on ‘Jessica we live’ day?” asked a user in a viral tweet in which he imagined the question would appear on Namibian history tests in two decades.
“Finally, Namibia has a celebrity and her name is Jessica. The whole 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 laughed a lot about it.”
“Once you realize you’re in the air and you’ve said something that may be inappropriate for the viewer, you’re basically freezing,” Jacobs said, adding that the couple has agreed to participate in aerial training, but rejects reports in local media that they would be removed from their posts.
“I personally spoke to the two ladies to assure them that their job security is not in jeopardy. This was an honest mistake, it could happen to anyone,” Jacobs told CNN.