(UPDATE: Michael Bay’s official statement at the end.)
Michael Bay, a man of few apologies, just apologized and abruptly walked off the stage during Samsung’s CES press conference. Bay was discussing the new curved UHD TVs with Samsung’s Joe Stinziano when the teleprompter malfunctioned. He said he would have to wing it, then he became awkwardly flustered — Damn you for making me feel sympathy, Michael Bay! — and left the stage.
As much as I want to bash him, I’d probably do the same thing at a public speaking engagement with a broken teleprompter. Sh*t just got a little too real.
And here’s the video:
The conference is still in progress and streaming live here, and who knows? Maybe Bay will return to the stage by the end. Or maybe he’s hugging his pet tiger and detonating ordinance to soothe his nerves.