Sure. The law states “any goof during a news broadcast must and will be posted to the internet.” And it’s not like the combination of the “Deadly Crash” chyron against Leon’s oblivious suit-straightening and rapid-fire Specs Howard School of Broadcasting Professional Vocal Exercise, leading into a cutaway in which his fellow announcer’s play him off Keyboard Cat-style with the damnation of faint praise (“we found out Leon can count, but we always knew we were assholes”) is certainly worthy of the Internet’s copious amounts of free time and careless attention (I DON’T CARE WHAT IT IS, JUST PUT IT IN MY EYES).

But did the news station really have to PUT THE CLIP ON-LINE THEMSELVES? You can’t fire Leon, he quits. (Via BuzzFeed.)

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Comments (19)
  1. Leon just thought they were throwing to him with the question, “How people died in the horrific crash today?’

  2. Leon is actually the consummate professional! Instead of yelling at the cameraman he followed the ‘don’t embarrass the station and be a dick to the cameraman cos you think the camera is off but its on, dummy’ protocol. 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10-Winner!

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    Play him off keyboard gorilla.

  4. He was counting the potential jobs he had lined up as head newscaster that disappeared.

  5. How long until news stations start hiring homeless people to set up this stunt for web traffic and page views? 12345678910 minutes? 12345678910 hours? 12345678910 days?!?! Inquiring (and jobless) minds want to know!

  6. Scrabio  |   Posted on Jul 13th, 2009 +3

    That’s my local news, right there. I claim it.

    • Yeah, unfortunately it’s mine too. Now it’s my turn to be embarrassed and proud simultaneously.

      Couldn’t it have been their dumbass sports anchor, at least? (he really is a dumbass. I have a long story about him that includes him mistaking the word “syllabus” for “thesaurus” at a writer’s workshop…again, long story).

    • There are more people from West Michigan on here than I expected. I really wish something like this had happened to Miranda instead. Having met her personally, she is a smug, self-righteous, BITCH.

      • right on. for real…lots of west michiganders. hello, brethren!

        yes, miranda is the worst…but can we talk for a minute about suzanne geha’s face?

  7. If only he had counted like this.

  8. Oh Michigan, you and your kid reporters. Wait, he is a kid reporter, right?

  9. Gary Bang  |   Posted on Jul 13th, 2009 +7

    “And you can count on me waiting for you in the parking lot.”

  10. That’s the gospel right there!

  11. It’s all about raisin’ those C-P-Ms

  12. laura  |   Posted on Jul 14th, 2009 +1

    yaaaaaaaaaaaay! my boyfriend’s college roomie, all grown up! he’s a very suave guy. :D

  13. this doesn’t strike me as being that embarrassing.
    i’m not certain why this is even a thing?
    obvs technical difficulties, but still….
    ‘oh, haha, leon is a professional who spends his off-camera prep time doing things like making sure he looks sharp and that his voice is all warmed up! hahaha! what a maroon! burned!’

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