There are a couple of things that TV anchors are terrified of accidentally doing on the air and one of them happened Saturday morning to Ben Williamson on WBTV’s morning news.
The affable Williamson belched after returning from a commercial break.
Not only did he belch, but then his co-anchor, Lyndsay Tapases, lost her composure. That only added to his embarrassment.
“There it went. I knew that was gonna happen," confessed Williamson, as his co-anchor laughed. “I was feeling it. I was trying to hold it in and that just happened on TV."
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In his defense, Williamson had just participated in one of the show’s popular segments involving food cooked by local chefs. Fans of the morning team know Williamson is not shy about trying the occasionally exotic dishes served on the show.
On Saturday, he ate a berry cobbler while promoting the 18th annual Dine Out for Kids event.
“I'm surprised that's never happened to you before with as much food as we eat on this show," Tapases said before pointing out that Williamson never said “excuse me.”
"You're embarrassing me. Excuse me," Williamson said while hiding his face. “Excuse me.”
“Do you have another one coming? Are you sure?” Tapases responded.
Viewers of the show have come to enjoy the duo’s sibling-style rapport, with Williamson winning fans for his easy going manner. Posts on Facebook suggested viewers were forgiving, including one who noted there are worse bodily noises to make on air.
“It's happened to everybody!!! I've got tears from laughing!!!” posted Jeanie Elliott Elmore on Facebook.
“Thanks for the laugh! We’re all human and at least you didn't just keep on going like nothing happened,” posted Tammy Keeter.