53 thoughts on “What’s the most bizarre thing to ever happen on live television?

  1. Bigred2989 February 12, 2018 / 9:57 am

    [When Gary Plauche shot the man accused of kidnapping and sexually assaulting his son while the man was in police custody being led through an airport.](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oi3Hyxuf5AE) Plauche pled no contest to manslaughter and got sentenced to seven years suspended, with five years probation and 300 hours of community service; he never saw the inside of a prison cell.

  2. tspielman February 12, 2018 / 9:57 am

    Lee Harvey Oswald’s murder was on live TV. I imagine that was pretty crazy seeing Kennedy’s assassin assassinated.

  3. thiccy_ricardo February 12, 2018 / 9:57 am

    When I was a kid, watching the LA riots was weird. I thought it was an annual tradition and I wanted to go next year. Also that Hollywood bank robbery shoot out was pretty nuts.

  4. forgot_a_leter February 12, 2018 / 9:57 am

    The military draft was televised for awhile during the Vietnam War.

    Imagine coming home from high school or maybe a summer job, turning on the evening news with your family, then realizing – at the same time as the rest of the country – that youre being forced to travel to a country you’ve probably never heard of, and fight in the jungles with the chance you’ll never return home.

  5. dirtymoney February 12, 2018 / 9:57 am

    I saw william shatner acting strange on wheel of fortune. He had a really red face and was acting odd and kind of pissed off. I thought he was maybe drunk. Then when the show came back from commercial…. he was suddenly gone.

    It was very strange. I never knew what that was all about.

  6. axel314 February 12, 2018 / 9:57 am

    Sadam Hussein becoming a dictator.
    Live on TV He anunced the Name of “traitors” who we’re then pulled Out the Croud and executed.

  7. ghost0427 February 12, 2018 / 9:57 am

    A murderer finding out that his victim’s body has been found, while giving an interview acting like a concerned neighbor. You can see the exact moment he realizes he fucked up.

    [Short Version](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WFaAvXKDZmI)

    [Full Version](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KIroLgiCyP8)

    Stephen McDaniel killed a co-ed, Lauren Giddings, who he had been stalking, and hid her body in the dumpster shortly before the garbage truck was supposed to arrive. However, by the time the truck arrived, the dumpster was blocked by a police vehicle, and her body was later found. McDaniel thought he had gotten away with murder and got on TV acting like a concerned neighbor. When the reporter says that a body had been recovered, his demeanor instantly changes and he starts a terrible crying act. He was sentenced to life in prison.

  8. CosmologyX February 12, 2018 / 9:57 am

    That politician who shot himself in the head

  9. PhantomTissue February 12, 2018 / 9:57 am

    On American idol, some like, 90 year old guy comes on, and Simon was like, dude, you can’t win, you’re too old, you know that right?

    He’s like, oh I know, I just wanna be on tv.

    So they let him sing, and he sang his original song, pants on the ground. It’s a rap, but he was awful, and it was the strangest thing I had ever seen.

  10. ONeill88 February 12, 2018 / 9:57 am

    I always though Kanye saying that Bush didn’t care about black people on live TV was pretty bizarre. Austin Powers looked completely dumbfounded.

  11. awhq February 12, 2018 / 9:57 am

    It’s tame by today’s standards, but watching Tiny Tim marry Miss Vickie and sing Tiptoe through the Tulips to her on live television was pretty damn weird.

  12. oldmermen February 12, 2018 / 9:57 am

    Toddler, baby and mum crashing that dude’s skype interview.

  13. purpledad February 12, 2018 / 9:57 am

    Drunk Kevin Hart trying to get on the Super Bowl stage in Minneapolis.

  14. darthevil99 February 12, 2018 / 9:57 am

    Man on freeway killing himself by shotgun after protesting HMO’s. Sets truck on fire first in attempt to kill himself that way, kills dog instead.

  15. jawselyne February 12, 2018 / 9:57 am

    [The Gladbeck hostage crisis](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gladbeck_hostage_crisis) comes to mind.
    In 1988 Germany, two guys robbed a bank and took hostages. The crisis lasted three days, during which two teenagers were killed. The bizarre part is this:
    “After having stopped in a pedestrian area in Cologne at 11:00am, the car was surrounded by media and shoppers. Some reporters offered to guide the abductors on their way or to hand them pictures of police officers to prevent trickery if hostages were exchanged. A reporter guided the abductors to a nearby rest area on an Autobahn and accompanied them for several kilometers.”

    If you image search one of the victims, Silke Bischoff, you will see one of the offenders giving interviews while holding a gun to her head in the car. It’s incredibly fucked up to look at a young woman fearing for her life while reporters are cooperating with her killers to get the best story.

  16. RancidLemons February 12, 2018 / 9:57 am

    I’m gonna drop a funny one instead of doom and gloom and say Mariah Carey’s trainwreck of a performance for New Year’s 2017. It was beautiful.


  17. John_Tacos February 12, 2018 / 9:57 am

    In 2007 two people suspected of planting fake bombs (actually an attempt at a viral marketing campaign) had a press conference where they only answered questions about their hair.


    Edit: corrected the date.

  18. hailmetwice February 12, 2018 / 9:57 am

    There was this guy on Polish television that tried to do a magic trick and accidentally stabbed a female host.
    After what happened he said
    “Kurwa, I’m sorry”

  19. __Ginger__Snap__ February 12, 2018 / 9:57 am

    Milli Vanilli fail during a live performance on MTV.

    “Girl you know it girl you know it girl you know it”


  20. giveer February 12, 2018 / 9:57 am

    Pretty much the entirety of the World trade center coverage on 9/11

  21. ToyVaren February 12, 2018 / 9:57 am

    Wasn’t shown live, but the “YOU FOOL” episode of Hollywood squares.

    One version has captions also showing the contestants getting like 14 answers in a row wrong, which statistically speaking in a 50% chance is like 16000 to 1 against.

    Edit: got lazy with math.

  22. Doug_Dimmadab February 12, 2018 / 9:57 am

    There was an episode of America’s Got Talent I watched at least 6 or 7 years ago where this guy in a flesh colored morph suit came out on stage on a unicycle without speaking whatsoever. The host guy never introduced him, so he was obviously not a contestant. He just started riding in circles, all the judges X-ed him, and he just left.

    I still have no idea if it really happened or if I dreamt it cause I can’t find it anywhere.

  23. Tupperjk February 12, 2018 / 9:57 am

    These comments are a lot darker compared to what I had in mind. Randy Johnson drilling that bird with a fastball has to be one of the most bizarre things I have ever seen live. The fact that it couldnt of been planned, just a freak moment in time.

  24. pmd970 February 12, 2018 / 9:57 am

    Either CNN or HLN aired a live car chase several years back that ended with the guy driving to the desert, getting out of his car, and shooting himself in the head. The news anchor was like “oops, sorry folks” and the network was barely fined anything for not having a delay.

  25. ChiBarneski February 12, 2018 / 9:57 am

    The Cubs winning the World Series

  26. smar82 February 12, 2018 / 9:57 am

    Geraldo opening up Al Capone’s vault only to find nothing. Probably still the most over hyped event on live television. Also couldn’t have happened to a bigger clown.

  27. KingofSnipers February 12, 2018 / 9:57 am

    Man the whole destruction of a space craft towards re-entry was weird.

  28. shhhneak February 12, 2018 / 9:57 am

    When somebody accidentally casted the deciding vote for the winner of Big Brother Canada for the person they didn’t want to win.

  29. geri73 February 12, 2018 / 9:57 am

    Vanilla Ice having a nervous break down on live TV. I think it was VH1 or MTV, not sure. I happened in the 90s.

  30. dropdeadaudrey February 12, 2018 / 9:57 am

    Christine Chubbuck’s suicide on air while filming for the news station she worked at. The shit she said was creep as fuck. There’s no good copies of the video. Live leak has a sucky copy. 🙁

  31. earthgarden February 12, 2018 / 9:57 am

    Mine is pretty tame. It was only bizarre to me and other children, not at all to any adults LOL. There used to be this local TV kid’s show in Cincinnati, OH called Uncle Al that aired live. If it was your birthday you got to ride on this little merry go-round. So anyway I got to go on my birthday and ride the merry-go-round. Some other kid on it yakked as soon as it stopped and Uncle Al asked us our names and ages. I was all happy and piping up as little kids do, all My name is earthgarden and I’m FIVE! then the kid right after me was all I’m five too and my name is Yaaaaaaaak. Then later some other kid pooped on the floor but I don’t think that was caught on camera. I was mortified LOL, so indignant because to my little self FIVE meant you didn’t do things like poop on yourself or throw up from a ‘baby’ ride.

    None of the adults including my mom were fazed at all by either the poop or the vomit, which I didn’t understand until I had kids. But at the time it was all I could talk about it. We got back home and all the neighbor kids were like We saw you on Uncle Al! and I was like yah but what about that kid that threw up! ha ha. This was over 40 years ago, my goodness

  32. FroggyLives February 12, 2018 / 9:57 am

    For me, personally.

    Number 1. 9/11 WTC twin towers collapsing

    Number 2. Challenger explosion.

    Number 3. Waco! Truly bizarre. Several days of playing loud music then the compound burns down. I had no clue what was happening.

    Number 4. OJ Simpson fleeing in bronco.

    Number 5. Susan Smith fake crying for her “missing” children..who were supposedly kidnapped but she knew all along they were in the bottom of a lake.

    Number 6. Oklahoma City bombing.

    Number 7. LA Riots

    Number 8. Geraldo Rivera invited racist supremacists on his talk show. Unsurprisingly a fight breaks out. Geraldo gets hit by chair and it breaks his nose.

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