Television announcers rely on the skills of makeup artists in order to help them always look their best, except when the cameras are rolling. During Sunday’s morning edition of ESPN’s SportsCenter, an eager makeup artist tried to touch up Hannah Storm’s look only to be pushed away. Storm realized that the makeup artist could be seen on-air and gently shoved her arm out of view.
As the Los Angeles Times reported, Storm wasn’t angry with the artist, but instead, she was trying to keep her friend from getting in trouble with the network. Storm gave her explanation via Twitter.
The makeup artist (a good friend of mine ) would have gotten in major trouble had she been seen on air. Hence, the stiff arm to protect her.
— Hannah Storm (@HannahStormESPN) January 11, 2015
As the New York Daily News reported, the gaffe occurred just as Storm was narrating a segment on Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers. The sports anchor was on location in Texas, which is the site of college football’s National Championship game Monday night, and her makeup was being retouched for her appearance on the TV show.
After she pushed the makeup artist, who was not named, out of sight, Storm shot her a look and then gave a slight smirk to the camera before continuing with her monologue. Comments about the incident on social media sites are mixed, with some saying that Storm didn’t have to be so rude, but with others understanding why she pushed the woman away.
Last week, January 4, the country was singing Storm’s praises for her professionalism has she had the sad task of announcing the death of ESPN’s beloved anchor Stuart Scott. As the Inquisitr reported, Storm was able to keep her composure during the emotional announcement of her friend’s death. She and Scott had worked together on SportsCenter for over 10 years.
While it isn’t clear from this incident, sometimes off-air talent are paid whenever they appear on camera during a television show. There is a minimum appearance amount that is sometimes paid to talent, an amount which is set by the industry’s union. Whether the makeup artist would have been paid if she had appeared on-air isn’t clear, but at the very least Storm’s stiff-arm may have saved ESPN a few bucks. There is no word yet on whether her reaction will make SportsCenter’s Top 10 plays of the day, #SCtop10.
[Video via The Los Angeles Times, Image via ESPN Front Row]