Michael Bay was doing a presentation at Samsung’s CES event in Las Veas yesterday when something bizarre happened. He was there to help promote the brand’s new curved HDTVs but ended up running off the stage – something he’s a bit embarrassed about in hindsight.
Here’s what happened: He came on stage and started a speech about how directing was all he ever wanted to do for a living before getting flustered over the “type” on the teleprompter (wrong size? wrong font? lol) and suddenly declared that he would “wing it”. However, instead of continuing to speak, he just stood there in silence for several really awkward minutes before apologizing and running off the stage. Oh dear.
Here’s what he wrote on his blog (of course) after the event:
Wow! I just embarrassed myself at CES – I was about to speak for Samsung for this awesome Curved 105-inch UHD TV. I rarely lend my name to any products, but this one is just stellar. I got so excited to talk, that I skipped over the Exec VP’s intro line and then the teleprompter got lost. Then the prompter went up and down – then I walked off. I guess live shows aren’t my thing.
But I’m doing a special curved screen experience with Samsung and Transformers 4 footage that will be traveling around the world.
Of course, some would point out that if he really believed in the product he was trying to endorse, he wouldn’t need a teleprompter, he would just speak his thoughts. Also, Michael Bay is many things, but he’s certainly not a stranger to public speaking. That’s just bullshit.
I’m not buying it – what do you think happened?