Dad Whose Interview Went Viral: ‘I Made This Minor Mistake That Turned My Family Into YouTube Stars’

By Chris Ariens 

The Wall Street Journal and BBC News conducted interviews with Robert Kelly and his wife Kim Jung-A. And this time their kids were welcomed into the sit-downs.

Kelly is the university professor from Busan, South Korea whose interview with the BBC last week went instantly and globally viral after his children wandered into a bedroom where the interview was taking place.

“He usually locks the door,” Kim said. “Most of the time they come back to me after they find the locked door. But they didn’t. And then I saw the door was open. It was chaos for me.”

“We said to each other, ‘Wow, what just happened?’” said Kelly, who blames himself for not locking the door

“I made this minor mistake that turned my family into YouTube stars. It’s pretty ridiculous.”

The couple spent most of Saturday trying to decide how to handle the attention. Offers from major U.S. TV networks and media came flooding in. Some journalists tracked down Mr. Kelly’s parents in the east side of Cleveland to ask them about it.

“We stonewalled because we didn’t know what to do,” Kelly said in the WSJ interview:

And here’s the BBC News follow-up interview: