Not Transforming into a public speaker any time soon.
Action movie director Michael Bay, caretaker of the Transformers franchise and creator of the ‘Bayhem’ philosophy, had an awkward moment in Las Vegas when he abruptly walked off stage.
Bay was in Arizona for the Consumer Electronics Show, the largest gadget and technology conference in the world, to promote Samsung’s new curved TV in front of hundreds of journalists, industry bods and geek enthusiasts.
Bay appeared onstage with Samsung executive VP Joe Stinziano but things went south as quickly as a Decepticon attack.
After barely a minute on stage, Bay stumbled over his words, apologised, and promptly walked off stage, leaving Stinziano and the audience in a stunned silence.
Naturally, Twitter had plenty to say about the meltdown. “It's getting to the point where even Michael Bay is walking out of his own work” said one Tweeter. “Haven't cringed like that since Transformers 2” said another.
Michael Bay later released a statement on his blog, attributing the episode to technical glitches:
“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 VP’s intro line and then the teleprompter got lost. Then the prompter went up and down – then I walked off. I guess live shows aren’t my thing.”