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- American actor, director, and activist (1952-2004)
It turns out, there may be a downside to quarantine making us all super-casual dressers.
An ABC reporter went viral after a video call appearance from home on the "Good Morning America" Tuesday morning, during which he wore a regular dress shirt and buttoned suit jacket on top, but appeared to be lacking a pair of pants underneath.
Reporter Will Reeve, the son of late "Superman" star Christopher Reeve, conferenced in to "Good Morning America" to discuss a story about drones beginning to deliver medication in Florida. Camera framing and digital graphics made it appear as though he was fully dressed in the beginning of the segment. But toward the end, his bare legs began to show onscreen.
On Wednesday, he returned to the show, using his viral moment as a teaching opportunity.
"I'm just here in my home, setup for another day of work like millions of Americans who are on video calls all the time now," Reeve said. "And a headline reminder for anyone who's using Zoom, Skype, FaceTime, anything with a camera: Make sure you frame your shot."
The ABC reporter introduced a story close to home: How to avoid "awkward and embarrassing" moments caught on video chat as many people navigate working from home full-time amid coronavirus quarantine.
"Yup, that's me: Wearing shorts on GMA," Reeve's voiceover points out as screenshots from his pants-less appearance Tuesday appear onscreen. "My casual bottom half going viral."
Reeve suggests those setting up a video chat background focus on using a "well-lit area" with minimal distractions. "And also get dressed – fully."
He added: "On a personal note, I just want to say I try to take life seriously but not myself. So I've had a good laugh at this, but I don't want anyone to think that I don't respect and love my job. I've had a lot of fun and I know everyone else has, too. And I'm a lousy camera operator."
— Good Morning America (@GMA) April 29, 2020
As the clip began to go viral Tuesday, Reeve joked that he had "ARRIVED... in the most hilariously mortifying way possible."
He went on to explain on social media that he had started to get ready for "a post-GMA workout a little too soon," and is now rethinking his morning routine.
"Any sartorial tips from (online commenters) who are wearing a belt, trousers and shoes during their work video calls at home are most welcome," he wrote on Twitter. "Now, back to work. Wearing pants."
He added: "Hope everyone got a much needed laugh."
As coronavirus forces TV hosts across the country to forego their fancy studios, many are making do with stripped-down versions of their shows at home. Aside from camera quality and variety suffering, the lack of wardrobe and makeup teams are giving many broadcasts a more casual feeling.
Seth Meyers has been wearing button-downs in place of his regular suits. Trevor Noah has gone with a different hoodie every day. CNN's Chris Cuomo alternates between button-downs and t-shirts.
Katy Perry, meanwhile took at-home fashion to a completely new level: The pop singer appeared on the first at-home edition of "American Idol" in a hand sanitizer costume.
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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Quarantine woes: ABC reporter mistakenly appears on GMA with no pants