Live television can be a great thing for the viewer. Just think about how many sporting events or awards shows you have watched over the years where what you are seeing is happening in real time. There are no spoilers and no friends at work to ruin the surprise that so commonly happens with recorded shows. No, live events are great because they are new, unscripted, unedited and unfolding right before our eyes on the screen. Sure, most networks put in a several second delay but that’s more to make sure they can bleep out profanity or anything else that may offend overly sensitive viewers at home.
Of course, live television also opens the door to some issues which you don’t see on recorded programming. Those on camera have nowhere to run and no way to just say ‘cut’ when things start to fall apart. Think about Saturday Night Live and how many skits have tanked over the years. The actors and comedians are forced to push on and leave the mistakes and failures behind them without a second thought. In all live tv, however, there is the chance of enduring a horribly embarrassing moment. With no cameras to cut, no editor to call upon and millions watching live, an embarrassing mishap is there for everyone to see and remember forever. This video looks at 10 of the more embarrassing mishaps to occur on live television over the past several years. They range from cringe-worthy to laughable, but all are memorable and embarrassing in their own right.