A live car chase narrated by Shepard Smith on Fox News today ended with a man apparently shooting himself in the head. There appeared to be a delay between what was being seen by Smith in studio and what viewers were seeing on television.
"Get off it" Smith said several times before Fox cut to commercial. When returning from the break, Smith explained what happened:
"Well, some explaining to do. While we were taking that car chase and showing it to you live when the guy pulled over and got out of the vehicle, we went on delay. That's why I didn't talk for about 10 seconds. We created a five-second delay as if you were to bleep back your DVR five seconds, that was what we did with the picture we were showing you so that we would see in the studio what was happening five seconds before you did, so that if anything went horribly wrong we'd be able to cut away from it without subjecting you to it and we really messed up. And we're all very sorry. That didn't belong on TV. We took every precaution we knew how to take to keep that from being on TV and I personally apologize to you that that happened.
"Sometimes we see a lot of things that we don't let get to you because it's not time appropriate. It's insensitive. It's just wrong. And that was wrong. And that won't happen again on my watch. And I"m sorry."