Video: Michael Bay Melts Down At Tech Conference, Walks Off Stage
At a Samsung CES press conference today in Las Vegas, Michael Bay flubbed his lines when a teleprompter malfunctioned, became flustered, and walked off the stage.
The Transformers director was on stage promoting Samsung's curved UHD TVs, but stumbled over his lines he was reading off the teleprompter, according to Gizmodo. "The type is all off," he said. "I'm sorry, I'll just wing this."
But he wasn't able to wing it. After a few moments of awkward silence and some false starts, he apologized and quickly walked off stage.
Looks like he wasn't free from ridicule from the crowd at CES:
Michael Bay just walked offstage rather than work without a Teleprompter.— Harry McCracken (@harrymccracken) January 6, 2014
I’m surprised Michael Bay didn’t have a large explosion prepared to distract from the plot hole created by the malfunctioning teleprompter.— Casey Johnston (@caseyjohnston) January 6, 2014
UPDATE 5:00 p.m.:
Bay wrote a statement about the embarrassing situation on his website:
Wow! I just embarrassed myself at CES - I was about to speak for Samsung for this awesome Curved 105-inch UHD TV. I rarely lend my name to any products, but this one is just stellar. I got so excited to talk, that I skipped over the Exec VP’s intro line and then the teleprompter got lost. Then the prompter went up and down - then I walked off. I guess live shows aren’t my thing. But I’m doing a special curved screen experience with Samsung and Transformers 4 footage that will be traveling around the world.