Cleveland TV news anchor Leon Bibb accidentally misspoke on the air, and the Valentine’s Day blooper quickly went viral.
The long-time newsman was trying to underscore the importance of planning ahead for your Valentine’s Day celebration.
Bibb, who has had very distinguished career in journalism, meant to say on the ABC News affiliate, WEWS NewsChannel 5, that “As we said it is Valentine’s Day, one of the busiest days for restaurants as well, and if you’re making last-minute dinner plans, you may have a hard time getting in some of the city’s top spots.”
What he actually said — a Freudian slip of the tongue perhaps — on live TV is embedded below (partially NSFW).
Being a real professional, he laughed momentarily at the gaffe, and continued on with the newscast, adding that many of Cleveland’s restaurants were already booked solid for Valentine’s Day evening.
According to the Mirror, “On Valentines Day, even the most professional TV presenter’s mind turns to thoughts of love… A consummate pro, Bibb barely missed a beat before continuing on with his script. But viewers were left with a slightly unpleasant image of what TV anchors are really thinking about while they’re reading the news.”
A decorated US Army Vietnam veteran and lifelong Cleveland resident, Bibb is a member of six Hall of Fames including the Broadcasters Hall of Fame and has received several excellence in journalism awards. He has summarized his news philosophy with this quote from Edward R. Murrow: “Just because your voice reaches halfway around the world doesn’t mean you are wiser than when it reached only to the end of the bar.” Over his career, Bibb has covered the Persian Gulf War and President George H.W. Bush in the White House.
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