Dad whose kids crashed BBC interview shares new family pic 6 years later

They’re all grown up!

The academic whose two toddlers hilariously crashed his live BBC interview celebrated the six-year anniversary of the viral moment with a new set of family photos.

Professor Robert Kelly shot to fame in March 2017 as he tried juggling commentary on South Korean politics and fatherhood when his rambunctious son and daughter burst into his home office.

Kelly, a political science professor at Pusan National University in South Korea, comically went on with the interview, ignoring the mayhem, while his wife, Jung-a Kim rushed in to pull away the children.

Six years later, Kelly, known as the “BBC Dad,” thanked the Internet for the many jokes spurred by the incident since, sharing new pictures of his daughter, Marion, 10, and son James, 6.

He tweeted: “Some BBC Dad content since the 6th anniversary of the original video was last Friday. Marion had a singing performance this past weekend, so we got some nice family pictures.

“Thanks again to all of you who follow me bc of the video.

“My family and I [are] flattered by your kindness.”

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Professor Robert Kelly live commentary on BBC was interrupted by his children in March 2017.

Robert Kelly
The dad’s son and daughter burst into his home office, but his wife eventually saved him from the chaos.

Marion, who opened the door and stomped around her dad’s office in the viral video, was pictured with a sparkling pink dress, and James, who waddled in after his sister in a baby walker, was now dressed sharply in a white shirt and black sweater vest.

Many took to social media to thank Kelly for reminding them of the viral moment, with Brandon Stanton, creator of Humans of New York, writing: “I do think it’s the best thing the internet has ever produced.”

Another Twitter user added: “You have a beautiful family. And you prepared us all for the post-pandemic world of Zoom. Trailblazer.”

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The father decided to share updated photos of the family after his daughter, Marion had a singing performance.
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Kelly pictured with his wife, Jung-a Kim, and children years after the viral moment.
Robert E Kelly/Twitter

Following the 2017 incident, the family rose to internet fame, with Marion and James even becoming the subjects of an animated cartoon show.

American company Hans House launched the online animated series Mina and Jack, with brother and sister protagonists that share many similarities to Marion and James.

While the show does take its liberties, changing the children’s father’s job from professor to UN official, the mother character is a yoga teacher just like in real life.