Eagle-eyed viewers spot journalist’s embarrassing mishap on live TV

Kelsey Weekman


This journalist won’t let anything interrupt her live TV broadcast — not even the loss of a pesky front tooth.

Marichka Padalko was reporting on the global pandemic for a Ukrainian TV station when she began to feel one of her teeth come loose.

Instead of stepping away to handle the incident, she simply put her hand in front of her mouth, caught the tooth and carried on with the show without missing a beat.

According to the Mirror, Padalko was so suave that many viewers didn’t even notice — but some of the ones who did reached out to make sure she was OK.

She addressed the incident in an Instagram post, which the Mirror translated from Ukranian.

“Yes, I really lost part of my front tooth today during the live TSN broadcast at 9 a.m.,” she said, according to the outlet. “This is probably my most curious experience in 20 years as a presenter.”

Padalko explained that it probably happened a result of an accident that happened more than 10 years ago. Her young daughter was swinging a heavy metal alarm clock around and it hit her in the mouth, damaging her tooth.

According to the Mirror’s translation, she thought the incident would go unnoticed, but apparently she “underestimated the attentiveness of our viewers.”

Instagram users praised her persistence in the comments.

There’s no questioning her professionalism in this situation — although it would have been totally understandable if she needed to take a break to sort things out.

Here’s to hoping she got that tooth fixed!

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