LOS ANGELES: A television news reporter screams in terror as a cockroach lands on her chest seconds before a live broadcast.
Mary Beth McDade shouts “Aaargh Jesus. Oh god,” as the critter stalks its way up towards the neckline of her dress.
She desperately tries to brush the critter away with her microphone and her script.
A crew member steps in to lend a hand in but hesitates because of where the insect is perched.
He says: “Hang up. I was coming to get it, but I didn’t want to feel you up.”
The blooper came as McDade was preparing to go live to camera while reporting for news channel KLTA in Los Angeles, US.
She went on to deliver her report as if nothing had happened.
But footage of her cockroach encounter was later posted on social media by her colleague Marcus Wilson-Smith.
After it went viral KTLA broadcast the video during another news program, with the hosts questioning whether the bug was a moth, beetle or cockroach.
Anchorman Sam Rubin said: “She was attacked by a moth,” but co-presenter Jessica Holmes told him: “No that looks like a roach.”
Rubin then joked: “Jessica is the only person in news who hasn’t married a cameraman.
“They all do – and that’s the reason why. Because they save the day.”
Last year McDade had a nasty run-in with a creepy fan who made a lewd remark and brushed against her as she was filming a piece to camera in Hollywood.
— Marcus Wilson-Smith (@MarcusSmithKTLA) August 3, 2017