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Watch: Erykah Badu Tries to Kiss NYC Reporter on Live TV

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Oh, the hazards of live TV. Sometimes you flub a line, and sometimes your news report about Shia LeBeouf gets interrupted by Erykah Badu and her hat.

That’s exactly what happened to Mario Diaz of New York City’s PIX11 news during the 5 p.m. nightly news broadcast on Friday. Just as he was trying to explain the bizarre antics of another celeb, Badu strode into frame and then tried to plant one on Diaz, who handled the kiss ambush like a pro.

Of course, he and the PIX11 audience didn’t immediately realize that the news-ruining, large-hatted stranger was a famous singer. Badu apologized to Diaz on Twitter shortly thereafter, and Diaz (again, like a pro) responded with lyrics from Prince’s “Kiss.”

And Diaz and Badu were still at it on Monday morning.

It’s not Diaz’s first time coping with the perils of live TV, however. PIX11’s own post on the incident notes that in 1993 a paraglider narrowly missed crashing into him while was reporting on an Evander Holyfield boxing match. A few years after that, Tiger Woods photobombed Diaz’s report about the golfer.

NSFW warning! A viewer’s Vine of the attempted kiss shows that Badu also threw in an obscene gesture for good measure.

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