Watching reporter outtakes and flubs on blooper reels is all fun and games -- that is, until you become a part of the latest viral blooper yourself. That's the case with a pair of journalists from the Vancouver Island CTV station.
Anchor Andrew Johnson was trying to segue from a story about barbecue bandits in Union Bay in which an older lady uses the word "canoodling" in her sound bite to describe how young people acted in that area back in the day, to the weather report from Astrid Braunschmidt. Johnson says, "Maybe we can canoodle before you get into it." To which Braunschmidt awkwardly replies, "We're not going to be canoodling." Johnson then says, "Oh I thought 'canoodle' meant chat."
A producer scolds Johnson and informs him that canoodling means kissing and caressing. Braunschmidt stays in good spirits though and says, "You know what? You just made the blooper reel. Good job, Andrew." Johnson later explained that he was only half paying attention to the story but noticed that the people in it were laughing, and he thought he would use the word, too.
Johnson's colleague Adam Sawatsky took some pressure off Johnson in a follow-up report. Sawatsky found out that most of the residents of Vancouver Island did not know the true meaning of "canoodling." The YouTube video of the gaffe has received almost 1 million views, and the CTV journalists are even getting recognized by other prominent names in journalism. Even Matt Lauer, anchor of the "Today" show, reached out to Braunschmidt and tweeted "@CTVNewsAstrid still laughing about that tape. My best, Matt."
One thing's for sure, Johnson will certainly be more careful in the future when choosing what words to segue with on live TV.