Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Romanian quiz show host loses it on air
Presenter Adela Lupse from Oradea in western Romania started screaming at the camera, smashed the phone on the ground and then jumped up and down on it before grounding the phone under her foot.
At the same time she screamed repeatedly at the camera "I want the phone to ring now. Now. Call me now."
Angry TV bosses fired her after the outburst on TV station National TV.
But Lupse, who has been the show's presenter for three years, said: "Maybe I was a bit over the top but I wanted to get people to call - there is a lot of pressure to get people to call in with the correct answer. It was a bad day."
But Romanian TV watchdog the National Audiovisual Council of Romania failed to see the funny side and fined the station £1,089 (5,000 RON) for the outburst that showed "unjustified violence".
It also ruled that the show be given an X rating and only broadcast after 10pm.