Thamasanqa Jantjie, the “fake interpreter” at Nelson Mandela’s memorial was not the first person to end up in an awkward situation on live television. Jantjie, who claims that he endured a schizophrenic episode while standing next to many world leaders, including President Obama, while millions of people watched him live, probably takes the cake for awkward situations on live television. In his honor, we decided to take a look back at a few others who suddenly found themselves in a dicey spot in front of millions of viewers.
There are a few ways to handle this particular situation. You can just call it out and let other people deal with the issue, which is what this guy did when asked to describe the career of Roger Clemens, something he had no ability to do:
You can just wing it as best you can, as Guy Goma did admirably when interviewed about a subject he knew nothing about.
Or, the winner, you can take advantage of the fact that Fox News does zero fact-checking on their interviewees as long as those interviewees are saying what Fox News wants to hear.
And a bonus, for all of our adoring fans: ESPN's Top 10 most awkward interviews: