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Adorable child gatecrashes dad's TV interview - but some suggest it was staged

Film historian Daniel Smith-Rowsey was being asked about the Golden Globes protest when his son Rainier made an hilarious appearance


A five-year-old boy has shot to fame after gatecrashing his dad's live TV interview on Al Jazeera - though some suggested it was staged.

US film historian Daniel Smith-Rowsey was being asked about the sexual harassment protest at the Golden Globes via Skype when his son Rainier, known as "Razor", wandered in front of the stream.

The cheeky chap was seen playing with his toy car, waving to viewers and hanging around his dad's shoulders throughout the interview on the Qatari broadcaster.

Mr Smith-Rowsey, a professor and film historian at St Mary's College of California, appeared distracted before his child's appearance and said "that's my child excuse me" when he came into view.

Mr Smith-Rowsey's interview was gatecrashed by Rainier (Image: Al Jazeera English/Youtube)

The child played with his toys and waved to viewers (Image: Al Jazeera English/Youtube)

Some YouTube viewers suggested it was staged (Image: Al Jazeera English/Youtube)
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He allowed him to remain by his side after Al Jazeera presenter Sohail Rahman said: "He can come in, it's not a problem. We're quite happy to have youngsters on the programme too."

The historian said: "he wants to be apart of this," before giving his take on the protest in Los Angeles where Hollywood stars wore black to support the Me Too and Time's Up campaign set up in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal.

Later, Mr Smith-Rowsey told TODAY in an email: "I saw [my son] coming in and cursed myself for not locking the door."

"Razor and I had never discussed protocol about this, so I hoped against hope that he would sense that he shouldn’t be on camera."

Daniel Smith-Rowsey was being interviewed about the Golden Globes protest (Image: Al Jazeera English/Youtube)
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But YouTube viewers suggested the apparent gatecrash was staged as a follow up to last March when a political expert was interrupted by his two children during a BBC interview on the South Korean president's impeachment.

Muhammad Moazzam said: "Lol that kid came in just like it once happened at BBC live show , probably that man staged it to get viral !! :D but anyways he's cute !!"

Another commenter, S Forbes, posted: "Definantly staged... but the kid is cute,.."

While TheSpiderman7285 wrote: "Kid in the news video thing again? Lame. How desparate can you get?"

Robert Kelly was distracted by two kids on the BBC last March (Image: BBC)

Last March, Robert Kelly of the Department of Political Science at Pusan National University was interviewed on the BBC when then South Korean president Park Guen-hye was impeached.

But the expert struggled to deliver his expertise on the incident as his two kids burst into his office before they started to act up.

The hilarious clip went viral as BBC News presenter James Menendez attempted to carry on with the interview as the elder child, wearing a bright yellow jumper and a grin, walked up behind the expert and fiddled with a toy.

Mr Kelly tried to block his child from the camera - but the youngster wasn't easily discouraged while the younger one bashed into the desk to make a racket.

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