Watch Michael Bay Bail on CES Presentation After Teleprompter Malfunction (Video)

Watch Michael Bay Bail on CES Presentation After Teleprompter Malfunction (Video)

The director was supposed to talk about Samsung TV

Michael Bay can handle acting divas and attackers wielding air conditioners — but ask him to ad-lib in front of a large audience and you'll see another side of the “Transformers” director.

Bay awkwardly walked offstage in the middle of Samsung's press conference at the Consumer Electronics Show on Monday after a teleprompter stopped working. Bay was supposed to talk about a Samsung UHD TV, and how that video quality would improve the experience of watching his movies.

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Bay began discussing his creative process when something clearly went wrong with his teleprompter — prompting his onstage companion to say they would wing it. Bay agreed, then continued to explain what motivates him as a director … for a couple of seconds.

When asked about how the TV could impact the way people watch his movies, Bay said “Excuse me, I'm sorry” and walked offstage.

Later in the day, Bay posted the following statement to his website:

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.
But I'm doing a special curved screen experience with Samsung and Transformers 4 footage that will be traveling around the world.

Here's a video of Bay's bizarre departure (timed to the beginning of his speech):

  • Mark Ramsey

    If this clip suggests Michael has attention deficit disorder, we would never know it from his films.

  • hupto

    There is nothing in this world or the next that would “improve the experience of watching his movies.”

  • MaximumOvertroll

    Not enough explosions for Bay.

  • telast

    As enlightening as one of his putrid movies.

  • spike

    Yeah, nice try at backpedalling, Bay. Manners aren't your thing either. Better to make a little bit of a fool of yourself with uncanned, ad lib comments then come off as an uncaring, manners-challenged boor-oaf. The Brits watching probably commented either What a wanker! or What a lout!

    • jamey

      why would you say manners isn't his ‘thing’ either??

  • AJ

    Wow. You commenters are harsh.

    In general, people are more afraid of public speaking than DYING. The guy is a director, which means he spends his life BEHIND the camera. Most people who do that aren't extroverts. I'm sure he dreads public speaking just like most everyone else. I'm going to cut him some slack. Not because of Transformers, but because of The Rock, Bad Boys, and Armageddon because as much as you all might wanna hack on those films, he entertained you with them.

    • jamey

      Id also cut him some slack because he is human, and quite a few people get nervous about speaking in front of a large crowd. I don't know whom he is, and I haven't watched any of his movies either. This really scrolled across the bottom of my tv while I was watching mtv2, and decided to look it up. Cant believe that networks really scroll something like this across the bottom of a tv show. I get it, I would have been super nervous if I were him even with notes, or a screen to read on.

  • AJ

    Really though, trying to sell a ‘curved tv screen’ as an exciting innovation is ridiculous. We just spend 50 years getting to the flatscreen! Now they wanna curve stuff up again!? Emperor Samsung has no clothes!

  • Leah

    Aw be easy on him. You can clearly tell this wasn't intentional of Bay. Public speaking or ad lib is hard for people. You can tell he was nervous. I struggled with public speaking for many years so I understand.

  • Sage on the Hudson

    The ONE well-written and coherent script of Bay's entire career, and he couldn't put it on film.

  • Mark

    Mr. Bay deserves our compassion and understanding-nothing less.

  • Brian Robinson

    The man has earned NO good will from my POV. He's a rude, cantankerous, egomaniac who usually has shitty things to say about his actors, the industry and viewers who call his bullshit as they see it. While I won't dance on his grave over this, I sure don't feel the need to feel sorry for him.