Staff Caught Watching 'Shrek' During Live News Broadcast Goes Viral
A hilarious on-air blunder has taken social media by storm after a TikTok user noticed a staff caught watching 'Shrek' during live news broadcast in Channel Nine's Melbourne newsroom.
The reporter, Gillian Lantouris, was delivering an update on the search for a missing Melbourne woman when the lovable Scottish ogre could be seen on one of the screens behind her.
TikTok user Alex Goodman, known as goodie0414, shared the video with the caption "Old mate got a little distracted. Hope the woman is found tho." The post has gone viral, receiving over 1.4 million views, with many viewers speculating about the man's motive.
While some joked that the employee may have been "bored at work," others suspected that he may have intentionally watched Shrek to lighten the mood during a serious news segment. "He knew what he was doing," one TikToker commented.
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When times are hard, you just need a little Shrek in your life.- Comment from a TikToker
Despite the on-air gaffe, the legendary film franchise is set to return with a brand-new movie following the release of the smash-hit original, which broke box-office expectations back in 2001.
Mike Myers, Cameron Diaz, and Eddie Murphy are all in talks to return as Shrek, Princess Fiona, and Donkey, respectively. DreamWorks Animation creative partner Chris Meledandri confirmed that talks with the original stars are going well and that they are all on board to return.
No deals are currently in place, but with the huge stars in favor of getting a fifth movie made, it looks like Shrek 5 could be hitting the silver screen in the near future. In addition, there is also talk of DreamWorks producing a spin-off movie about Eddie Murphy's iconic character, Donkey.
The first Shrek movie was a huge success and won the Oscar for Best Animated Feature. The franchise has since become a beloved classic, with viewers of all ages still enjoying the adventures of Shrek, Fiona, and Donkey in the magical land of Far, Far, Away.
While it isn't clear if the employee intentionally watched Shrek during the live broadcast, it has certainly brought a smile to the faces of viewers around the world. The newsroom blunder serves as a reminder that even during serious times, a little humor can go a long way in lifting spirits and bringing people together.
This isn't the first time that a local news broadcast has been livened up by a playful employee. Adam Kreuger, a weatherman in Houston, Texas, recently went viral for finding ways to sneak in popular song lyrics into his weather forecasts, which people request via his TikTok account.
It seems that even in the world of serious news reporting, a bit of levity and fun can be just what people need to brighten their day. As the saying goes, "When times are hard, you just need a little Shrek in your life."