Michael Bay Explains ‘Embarrassing’ Teleprompter Fail

The 'Transformers' director abandoned a live-stage appearance at CES in Las Vegas following a teleprompter malfunction.

The words “Michael Bay” and “script issues” are often found in the same sentence, but yesterday, that sentence made some room for another word: “Awkward.”

The “Transformers” filmmaker was in Las Vegas this week as part of Samsung’s CES 2014 Press Conference, scheduled to appear in support of the company’s new UHD curved television displays. But Bay’s onstage appearance went very wrong, very fast, when his teleprompter stopped working mid-speech.

Bay was on stage with Samsung executive Joe Stinziano at the time, and a video (that has since been pulled) shows Stinziano doing his best to put the conversation back on track. But Bay never recovered from the teleprompter malfunction; after a few seconds of stalling, he excused himself and exited the stage.

News of Bay’s walkout spread throughout CES and, eventually, the Internet, with everybody from Internet Troll #16 to Megatron taking the opportunity to slam the “Transformers” director. For his part, Bay issued a statement of his own, owning his part in the awkward event.

“Wow! I just embarrassed myself at CES,” he wrote on his official website. “I was about to speak for Samsung for this awesome Curved 105-inch UHD TV. I rarely lend my name to any products, but this one is just stellar. I got so excited to talk, that I skipped over the Exec VP’s intro line and then the teleprompter got lost. Then the teleprompter went up and down — then I walked off. I guess live shows aren’t my thing.”

On the bright side, it looks like Bay will have a chance at redemption, as he added, “I’m doing a special curved screen experience with Samsung and Transformers 4 footage that will be traveling around the world.”

Bay’s next “Transformers” movie, “Age of Extinction,” hits theaters on June 27.

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