Here’s your laugh for the day.
CNN reporter Manu Raju was on a live shot when all of the sudden a cicada crawled up on his shoulder.
Instead of just playing it cool, Raju completely freaked out and started to use profanity, he then proceeded to wave his arms around to get the bug to leave from his shoulder.
After the incident happened many people on the internet were quick to give Raju the new nickname Chief Cicada Correspondent.
The whole incident was filmed, you can check it out here:
Had an unwelcome visitor try to crawl into my live shot earlier. pic.twitter.com/Pu68z0cWSN
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) May 27, 2021
Manu Raju had an "unwelcome visitor" as he prepped for a live TV shot. https://t.co/sCb8trJyZQ
— HuffPost (@HuffPost) May 28, 2021
The New York Post covered the story and dropped these details:
A cicada crawled onto a reporter’s head during a live shot in Washington, as the insect’s once-in-a-generation coming out party continues to make headlines.
CNN reporter Manu Raju tweeted a clip of him being bugged by the unwanted visitor — which appears to be almost the same size as the knot on his tie — while filming a stand-up at the US Capitol Thursday.
The large insect can be seen crawling up Raju’s lapel and onto the back of his neck, before the political reporter takes notice and flicks the insect out of his hair while screaming out in profanity.
“Do I have more on me?” Raju asks onlookers, as he starts to regain his composure.
“Are they in my hair?,” he asks, before punctuating the exchange with more profanity, which was bleeped out.
“Where the f*** are the cicadas coming from?!” Raju exclaims as he looks around the building’s rotunda in the 43-second clip.
— CNN (@CNN) May 28, 2021
CNN. Cicada News Network.
— Mark Keam (@MarkKeam) May 27, 2021
The Hill added to the story too:
CNN’s Chief Congressional Correspondent Manu Raju on Thursday shared a clip in which he’s interrupted by a cicada crawling on the back of his head.
In the 43-second clip shot in the Capitol — which may be terrifying to some viewers — Raju is seen asking when he will be on air when a large cicada crawls onto the back of his neck.
Raju quickly reaches back and takes the insect off, spewing off a string of expletives.
Cicada season has recently begun with the noisy insects swarming over much of the eastern half of the U.S.
Cicadas spend the first 17 years of their life underground before emerging to breed and lay eggs. This most recent generation of cicadas has been dubbed “Brood X.”
This wasn’t the first time a CNN reporter got scared on a live shot.
Earlier this year another reporter was startled by a surprise video too:
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) October 7, 2020