Watch Transformers Producer Michael Bay Melt Down Over Teleprompter Malfunction at CES

He walked off stage less than a minute into his Samsung presentation

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Updated on Jan. 6 at 7:20 p.m. EST 

During a Samsung press event Monday at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show 2014 in Las Vegas, action-movie producer Michael Bay (Transformers, Friday the 13th) was supposed to comment on the benefits of the company’s new curved HDTVs, but ended up walking off the stage after his teleprompter malfunctioned. “The type is all off … sorry,” he said, shortly before walking offstage. Watch his mini-meltdown above.

Later on Monday, Bay apologized for the incident in a post on his website. “Wow! I just embarrassed myself at CES,” Bay wrote before praising Samsung’s new curved HD television. “I got so excited to talk, that I skipped over the Exec VP’s intro line and then the teleprompter got lost,” Bay continued. ” Then the prompter went up and down – then I walked off. I guess live shows aren’t my thing.”

This post was updated to include Michael Bay’s blog post.

[The Verge]

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13 comments
TomHarlander
TomHarlander

Perhaps he'd have been able to talk about the product if he'd had written notes on cards as a reference, instead of relying on a computerized teleprompter.  Too many speakers can't talk from notes, they have to read everything and have nothing to say without it. 

md9333
md9333

would you commenters be as harsh on a friend or family member if they got stage freight the way he did. he apologized later. o-well. no biggie. he is a director, not a public speaker. he obviously was embarrassed for what happened. 

ThisIsZachYo
ThisIsZachYo

You give ANY up and coming director a Transformers franchise and it will make money. Michael Bay is white rice. He's empty.

foldingmyhands
foldingmyhands

I stand up and speak to 150 - 200 people/day, everyday. What I hate are his trashy over-budget puerile films that suck all the cash out of hollywood for smaller, better quality films. He is the epitome of why hollywood sucks more and more. All spectacle with zero depth or originality. He's basically a product-placement 90 minute commercial director who as it apparent in this episode cannot even speak without a script because he has NO ORIGINALITY or creativity without CORPORATE planning and fabricated, safe plan to follow. HE's a SHAM

PhillyCannabis
PhillyCannabis

Tough situation. People hate on him because he does what he loves and he is successful at it. The same people know that they will never have the courage to do anything close to what they love.

john_rambo
john_rambo

Maybe some pyrotech explosions would have helped Mr Bay get in his groove. Kablooie!

siddgangoli
siddgangoli

Its fine....happens to everyone sometimes. I dont know why everyone is so happy about him not being able to talk.

I can bet that NONE of the losers feeling so happy would be able to stand up in front of an audience for even a minute.

bojimbo26
bojimbo26

Carry a hardcopy in your pocket ?

SingingM
SingingM

The headline said watch the "MELTDOWN". He just left the stage when the teleprompter stopped.  That was not much of a meltdown.

DavidBell
DavidBell

I thought only actresses could be divas.

foldingmyhands
foldingmyhands

Michael Bay is a talentless DEUCHE and this SHOWS it. Im so happy to see this!  HAHAHAHA

SteveBoyd
SteveBoyd

@foldingmyhands You know, even if you have to go look it up, insults are SO much better if they're spelled correctly. And I would agree with you.