Professor Robert E. Kelly, henceforth known to the world as "BBC Dad," spoke to The New York Times about life after going viral.

BBC Dad broke the internet when his children broke into the room during his on-air interview, and the world instantly became obsessed with his fashionable, feisty, four-year-old daughter Marion.

Every day someone on the internet is launched into their 15 minutes of fame, and it's tough to imagine what life is like after suddenly being memed and GIFed and suddenly this interrupted interview was everywhere.


"This is now the first line in my obituary,” BBC Dad said during a press conference at Pusan National University in South Korea, where he is a political science professor.

He worried that this "comedy of errors" would mean he would never be invited on to be on TV again, but it just made him all the more popular.

“My real life punched through the fake cover I had created on television,” he told the Times, “This is the kind of thing a lot of working parents can relate to.”


Because the internet is the internet, commenters were accusing BBC Dad of abusing his daughter when he pushed her during the interview.

“I was not shoving Marion out of the way,” he said, “I was trying to slide Marion behind the chair because we have toys and books in the room,” hoping they would distract her.

BBC Dad opened up about his biracial family. He and his wife, Kim Jeong-ah, "rarely talk about race, he said, but they wonder whether their mixed-race children will face prejudice growing up in Asia."


“So far we haven’t gotten any flak,” BBC Dad told the times, and mentioned that his daughter is bilingual and doing well in Korean kindergarten.

He did express some anxiety about the sudden fame. “We have been buried in phone calls.” BBC Dad said that he had no "intention of cashing in on his newfound fame," explaining that "it would be unseemly to monetize" something that involves his kids

Oh, and he also settled another question:

“I was wearing pants,” he explained.


Read the whole profile over at The New York Times.

Sources: The New York Times