Mike Seidel Subjected to Ridicule Over Botched ‘Nightly News’ Liveshot

By Mark Joyella 

A Saturday night liveshot on “NBC Nightly News” did not go as planned–and that has convinced some that NBC’s Mike Seidel was caught on live television attempting to relieve himself. Seidel, who had his back turned to the camera as NBC’s Lester Holt tossed to him, was not seen on camera doing anything that would suggest he had forgotten the fundamental rules of standing in front of a camera about to go live on network television, but still, Deadspin asks “What else could he have been doing?”

Well, as NBC told the New York Daily News, he could have been looking for a cell phone he dropped. That makes a lot more sense to anyone who has ever done live television, but even the News wasn’t buying it: “As he turns he slightly moves his arm, which may have been an attempt to close an open zipper. He then hurriedly puts his gloves back on.”

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