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Jan. 7, 2014by: Niki Stephens

So, I understand you lions are hungry for some raw Michael Bay to feed on? Well, then, it's feedin' time. Yesterday, director Michael Bay was set to speak at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas to promote the new Samsung 105-inch curved UHD television, but when he took to the stage and the teleprompter went out, the director lost his train of thought and ended up abruptly walking off the stage.

After the video had been posted on practically every site on the internet, Bay took to his blog to explain the incident:

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 VPs intro line and then the teleprompter got lost. Then the prompter went up and down then I walked off. I guess live shows arent my thing. But Im doing a special curved screen experience with Samsung and Transformers 4 footage that will be traveling around the world.

So here it is by popular demand...

And here's Bay's response to the whole thing:

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11:12AM on 01/09/2014

I wonder...

Is it the same guy who allegedly almost singlehandedly stopped some lunatic on his set a few months back ?
Is it the same guy who allegedly almost singlehandedly stopped some lunatic on his set a few months back ?
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10:44PM on 01/08/2014

A person that has never made a mistake has never made anything.

I had to do public speaking years ago at school and I just stood there. The teacher said "speak" I said "no I don't want to" then I Michael Bayed towards the door. Years later I had to say a speech at my wedding and for some unknown reason I fucking nailed it. I can understand getting befuddled and losing your spot and then not getting it back so I think people should cut him some slack.
I had to do public speaking years ago at school and I just stood there. The teacher said "speak" I said "no I don't want to" then I Michael Bayed towards the door. Years later I had to say a speech at my wedding and for some unknown reason I fucking nailed it. I can understand getting befuddled and losing your spot and then not getting it back so I think people should cut him some slack.
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10:08PM on 01/08/2014
He can't read the teleprompter because he can't read.
He can't read the teleprompter because he can't read.
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8:15PM on 01/08/2014
I'm honestly shocked he didn't try to divert attention with a dick/fart/racist joke to fill time before skedaddling out of there.
I'm honestly shocked he didn't try to divert attention with a dick/fart/racist joke to fill time before skedaddling out of there.
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5:07PM on 01/08/2014

I understand

... You get this "deer in the headlights" state, become flustered, have too many thoughts - and no thoughts at all - buzzing through your head and next thing you know, cat's got your tongue and there's no way to get it back.
One time I was doing a play, and I said MY character's last name instead of the person in the scene. Because of that, she got all her lines muddled and scattered, and we barely kept the scene alive. It happens. I hate Bay, but don't fault him for this.
... You get this "deer in the headlights" state, become flustered, have too many thoughts - and no thoughts at all - buzzing through your head and next thing you know, cat's got your tongue and there's no way to get it back.
One time I was doing a play, and I said MY character's last name instead of the person in the scene. Because of that, she got all her lines muddled and scattered, and we barely kept the scene alive. It happens. I hate Bay, but don't fault him for this.
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4:55PM on 01/08/2014

Bay could not talk about what he does???? His answer was lower than grade school for a professional millionaire filmmaker

Too bad he didn't do the same after the first "Transformers" film. Booyah!
Michael Bay could not wing talking about being a filmmaker, and what he does???????
First off, your representing a billion dollar company, know the basics of the product. That's all! "Mr. Bay, as a viewer how is this TV entertaining?" A product that coincides with his latest "Transformers" film? Another gimmick that Bay sold himself out as.
He still would've walked.
This is where filmmaking is going, there is no
Too bad he didn't do the same after the first "Transformers" film. Booyah!
Michael Bay could not wing talking about being a filmmaker, and what he does???????
First off, your representing a billion dollar company, know the basics of the product. That's all! "Mr. Bay, as a viewer how is this TV entertaining?" A product that coincides with his latest "Transformers" film? Another gimmick that Bay sold himself out as.
He still would've walked.
This is where filmmaking is going, there is no passion, no storytelling, only pay checks and dollars signs.
If it had been Martin Scorsese he may not have given a great unscripted speech on the new TV, but he would've been speaking from his heart about the passion he has for storytelling. Is this the direction we want Hollywood to go to when all the true passionate storytellers are gone?
Bay went to Vegas and didn't party or do cocaine???? Really?????
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2:02PM on 01/08/2014
Poor bloke - you see him think "I'm in waaay over my head" and he just bails.
I'm always impressed when presenters can talk about stuff they know nothing about - tougher than it looks even with a functional autocue.
Poor bloke - you see him think "I'm in waaay over my head" and he just bails.
I'm always impressed when presenters can talk about stuff they know nothing about - tougher than it looks even with a functional autocue.
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11:35AM on 01/08/2014
It wasn't Michael Bay's fault, he technically has never read a script where the words aren't, Boom!, Kapow!, Blam!
It wasn't Michael Bay's fault, he technically has never read a script where the words aren't, Boom!, Kapow!, Blam!
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10:42AM on 01/08/2014
He should have made a joke out of it by saying "if our President can't talk without a teleprompter than neither can I".
He should have made a joke out of it by saying "if our President can't talk without a teleprompter than neither can I".
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10:22AM on 01/08/2014

Umm...

exactly what do you think the word 'meltdown' means? to quote a great man "you keep using that word. I dont think it means what you think it means"
exactly what do you think the word 'meltdown' means? to quote a great man "you keep using that word. I dont think it means what you think it means"
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9:00AM on 01/08/2014
Uwe Boll is loving this right now.
Uwe Boll is loving this right now.
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8:54AM on 01/08/2014
That sucks! I had to make a speech in front 300+ people before and I was shaking. I would probably have a heart attack if this happened to me. And whats up with the other dude? You would think he would pick up the slack. All he said was " THE CURVE?!?" LOL really? Do you not know your product?
That sucks! I had to make a speech in front 300+ people before and I was shaking. I would probably have a heart attack if this happened to me. And whats up with the other dude? You would think he would pick up the slack. All he said was " THE CURVE?!?" LOL really? Do you not know your product?
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8:35AM on 01/08/2014
I love how in his explanation, Michael Bay says "I rarely ever talk about a product or mention a product..." [link]
I love how in his explanation, Michael Bay says "I rarely ever talk about a product or mention a product..." [link]
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6:31AM on 01/08/2014
I'm the kind of guy that when watching something cringe worthy (even if it's acted)...looks away as if Ive done something embarrassing. This was cringe worthy of the highest order. I'm a Bay fan...but even if I wasn't...I'd still feel for the guy...coz I know how badly I suck or would perform in public speaking situations...even with all the help in the world working as it should.
I'm the kind of guy that when watching something cringe worthy (even if it's acted)...looks away as if Ive done something embarrassing. This was cringe worthy of the highest order. I'm a Bay fan...but even if I wasn't...I'd still feel for the guy...coz I know how badly I suck or would perform in public speaking situations...even with all the help in the world working as it should.
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3:29AM on 01/08/2014
such a pro!
such a pro!
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12:48AM on 01/08/2014
im not gonna hate on the guy im not the biggest fan but fuck you could not pay me enough to talk to a large group of people
im not gonna hate on the guy im not the biggest fan but fuck you could not pay me enough to talk to a large group of people
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12:25AM on 01/08/2014
I'm a guy who literally starts to tremble at the thought of doing a presentation in front of a small group of people, like at the office. Stage fright would be an understatement. So yeah, I can't really make fun of the guy without coming off like a hypocrite.
I'm a guy who literally starts to tremble at the thought of doing a presentation in front of a small group of people, like at the office. Stage fright would be an understatement. So yeah, I can't really make fun of the guy without coming off like a hypocrite.
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12:07AM on 01/08/2014
I guess everyone at the Transformers 4 premiere will do the same thing.
I guess everyone at the Transformers 4 premiere will do the same thing.
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11:45PM on 01/07/2014
Crash and burn? How misleading...I was expecting him to fall off stage or something. Boo on you, boo.
Crash and burn? How misleading...I was expecting him to fall off stage or something. Boo on you, boo.
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11:12PM on 01/07/2014
That wasn't epically bad or anything, but I feel bad for the guy. That's embarrassing!
That wasn't epically bad or anything, but I feel bad for the guy. That's embarrassing!
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10:49PM on 01/07/2014

Funny, but....

...as someone who absolutely has problems with public speaking, I can't find it within myself to make fun of the guy. This awkward moment could've literally happened to anyone, so I definitely feel bad for him that he has to live with this embarrassment spread all over the internet. Do his movies suck? Of course, but no need to crucify the guy for it.
...as someone who absolutely has problems with public speaking, I can't find it within myself to make fun of the guy. This awkward moment could've literally happened to anyone, so I definitely feel bad for him that he has to live with this embarrassment spread all over the internet. Do his movies suck? Of course, but no need to crucify the guy for it.
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8:54AM on 01/08/2014
He is in the public eye though. For you and me it would be a tense situation, but the guy is a director of blockbuster movies!!! He should be able to wing it.
He is in the public eye though. For you and me it would be a tense situation, but the guy is a director of blockbuster movies!!! He should be able to wing it.
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10:13PM on 01/07/2014

This will be taken out of context for years to come...

I had heard about this but didn't realize it was filmed! Honestly feel bad for the guy... especially considering the question he was asked. It'll be taken out of context and used by his haters to haunt him (even if only through internet forums he doesn't read). He was out there to spin filmmaking-related questions in to selling points for Samsung, and it's understandable that with a faulty prompter he was thrown off or perhaps unsure of what specifically Samsung was paying him to say. The guy
I had heard about this but didn't realize it was filmed! Honestly feel bad for the guy... especially considering the question he was asked. It'll be taken out of context and used by his haters to haunt him (even if only through internet forums he doesn't read). He was out there to spin filmmaking-related questions in to selling points for Samsung, and it's understandable that with a faulty prompter he was thrown off or perhaps unsure of what specifically Samsung was paying him to say. The guy makes widely brainless films but that doesn't mean he doesn't use great technical skill to make them exactly the way he wants. I may personally only like a couple of his films but he is not without merit.
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9:54PM on 01/07/2014

Certainly Not a Meltdown

I think Bay handled it well and probably saved himself from appearing less than genuine while throwing his name behind a new product.
I think Bay handled it well and probably saved himself from appearing less than genuine while throwing his name behind a new product.
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9:15PM on 01/07/2014

Awesome

He's a filmmaker! Can't he just tell a simple story?

Oh wait... That's right.
He's a filmmaker! Can't he just tell a simple story?

Oh wait... That's right.
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8:58PM on 01/07/2014
Thanks for putting this up. It is deliciously ironic that the director of the Transformers movies finds himself undone by technology.
Thanks for putting this up. It is deliciously ironic that the director of the Transformers movies finds himself undone by technology.
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