Journalism can be a dirty, dirty job. And, one very unfortunate reporter learned that the hard way when she got vomited on during a live broadcast on July 4.
KTLA reporter and anchor Wendy Burch was reporting live from an ironman competition at Hermosa Beach, Los Angeles, on July 4 when something pretty grim occurred.
One competitor who'd taken the Hermosa Beach Ironman motto "Run, Paddle, Chug!" a little too far projectile vomited on shoulders of the man Burch was interviewing, and Burch got caught in the crossfire. Yep, she got puked on all right.
— Christina Pascucci (@ChristinaKTLA) July 4, 2017
At the hideous vomit-hitting moment, the cameras cut back to the studio to two highly horrified-looking anchors.
Videos of the gross moment have been circulating online, rendering Burch a viral vomit star.
Burch wrote a blog post after the event describing what went down.
She explained that a coincidental technical glitch made the video freeze right at the moment the vomit hit, hence why the cameras cut back to the studio. What we didn't see, however, was that Burch assumed she was still live, so carried on interviewing people for a further two minutes.
"So, for the better part of the next two minutes, I just kept interviewing drunken people. while sudsy substances flew in the air and landed in my hair," wrote Burch.
"Let's say, after that, it was a wrap. I drove home, took a hot shower and a long nap," she continued. She says she was pretty shocked to wake up to countless messages and tweets after the video went viral.
She also had a message for anyone wanting to enter the journalism industry.
"To all of you aspiring journalists out there, I'm here to tell you, dreams really do come true... especially in the age of viral videos," she wrote.
You're our hero, Wendy!