Transformers director Michael Bay abruptly left the stage today following a teleprompter malfunction at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. See embed above.
Bay was on hand to promote Samsung’s new 150-inch curved television, but as many media outlets have described it, he appeared to have an awkward meltdown as he stammered through a brief presentation with Joe Stinziano, Executive Vice President of Samsung Electronics America.
After telling the audience that his job as a director is to dream for a living, Bay seemed to be at a loss for words when he revealed to the assemblage that “the type was all off.” Bay then said he would try to wing it, but after adding that as a director he tries to “take people on an emotional ride,” he seemed to take an emotional ride right off the stage.
“Excuse me, I’m sorry,” a flustered Bay said as he rapidly exited stage left.
On his website, Michael Bay explained what happened at CES today:
“Wow! I just embarrassed myself at CES – 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 prompter went up and down – then I walked off. I guess live shows aren’t my thing. But I’m doing a special curved screen experience with Samsung and Transformers 4 footage that will be traveling around the world.”
According to Forbes, Michael Bay’s meltdown moment can provide life lessons for those who do presentations such as laugh and face it when things go wrong, embrace improvisation, present your passion (instead of your notes), and thank your audience.
The fourth installment of Michael Bay’s Transformers franchise is scheduled for a June 2014 release.