A reporter at Los Angeles-based KTLA-TV recently had an embarrassing hot mic moment after her co-worker, morning news anchor Sam Rubin, told a lighthearted story about his wife poking fun at his weight.
“My wife calls and is like, ‘Since when did you become the fat guy on that show?’” Rubin said.
"He's always been!" Ginger Chan blurted out, seemingly unaware that her mic was live. She quickly noticed that everyone, including the audience, heard her comment.
Rubin wrote later on Facebook that he wasn’t upset over the “very honest; and very funny moment."
Rubin even penned an opinion piece on the "f word" for Medium:
This “F” word is particularly loaded, because I think our definition of fat has changed over the years; mostly as many of us have gotten fatter. If you were to hook me up to a polygraph machine and ask me if I thought I was out and out fat; I would say that I wasn’t. Sure, I can stand to lose a few pounds; who couldn’t. But am I among the morbidly obese? I don’t think so.
All of this has come to a head recently, or perhaps belly is a better location, as one of my colleagues innocently expressed the opinion that indeed I am fat. Not a big deal; except she made the observation as our live morning TV news show was being broadcast all over Southern California; and then of course the clip went viral; and now more than a half-million folks have seen this “fat” clip on line, all around the world.
In the meantime, my colleague and friend Ginger, who made the on-air observation about my weight and I were able to “hug it out.” And, she was able to put both of her arms all the way around me.
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