Is that what the kids are calling it these days? BBC reporter Dan Walker had to think on his feet when, during his live broadcast from Rio de Janeiro, a couple on the beach behind him started getting … amorous.
Walker was doing a segment on the Olympics from Copacabana Beach on Thursday, August 18, when viewers noticed the pair locked in what appeared to be a passionate embrace some distance behind him. After people started asking about it on Twitter, Walker decided to address it on-air.
"For those asking what's going on in the background on social media now, we're not gonna zoom in, but rest assured, it's not that. It's just a hug," he said, smiling.
"They're reading a book," he continued jokingly. "Apparently they are reading a book. They're reading a book in a strange pose. We'll find out what the book is maybe a little bit later on. So, we're not going to go any closer than that, though."
Later, on Twitter, Walker poked fun at the incident again. "Just for clarification … they were reading a book!!! That couple were definitely reading a book," he quipped, adding three cry-laughing emojis and a perfect hashtag, #Copacanoodle.
BBC Sport tweeted the clip not long after, quoting Walker's "strange pose" comment. "It's live TV," he replied. "Anything can happen!"
Walker's Copacabana broadcasts have been unpredictable, but entertaining. Earlier this week, a bachelorette party crashed his coverage, and the reporter took the opportunity to interview the bride-to-be, Maria.
"How do you solve a problem like Maria?" he wrote on Facebook after the segment, quoting The Sound of Music. "You interview her live on TV! What a star. 546 things could have gone wrong but she was a delight."
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