This would have been a good time to go off-script.
“Check your panties,” newscaster Eric Philips of NBC12 in Richmond, Virginia, told viewers on Wednesday. It came out just like that, which might be considered weird because Philips was introducing a story about a rice- and slow-cooker recall.
He really meant pantries, of course, and quickly realized the error as he and colleagues had a good chuckle about it.
Turns out it wasn’t a Freudian slip. It was the slip of a teleprompter missing a letter. Co-anchor Karla Redditte, who tried to suppress her laughter as she apologized on-air for not being able to warn him of the mistake, tweeted the evidence.
The blooper made international news and became a meme, naturally.
Now Philips is more focused than ever.