Video: Weathercaster Freaks Out at Spider in Studio

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By Andrew Gauthier Comment

“I’m leaving the studio right now,” WXIN meteorologist Jim O’Brien shouted at his “Fox59 Morning News” colleague Ray Cortopassi, as the anchor taunted him with a giant tarantula on-air Thursday. “I’m not kidding!”

After a segment with an exotic animal expert, Cortopassi tormented O’Brien with the spider, causing the arachnophobic weathercaster to cut his forecast short and head for the door (video above).

“Looks like I made it big…lol,” O’Brien wrote on his Facebook page about his now-notorious meltdown, “nothing like making national news because of my fear for spiders! New high or new low?”

[h/t Buzzfeed]