Kamala Harris Confirms That, Yes, She Did See the Fly on Mike Pence’s Head During Debate 

Rachel Maddow asked the Democratic vice presidential nominee about the viral moment from last week’s face-off

Sen. Kamala Harris did indeed notice the now-infamous fly on Vice President Mike Pence’s head during last week’s debate.

During an interview on MSNBC on Wednesday, Rachel Maddow said she had to ask the Democratic vice presidential nominee about the insect, which landed on Pence and remained there for about two minutes during their Oct. 7 face-off in Salt Lake City.

"I would kick myself if I didn’t just ask you before I let you go, if you noticed the fly on Vice President Pence’s head, at the time during the debate?" Maddow asked Harris. "We could see it at home. But could you see it, sitting next to him?"

Harris, 55, responded with a mainly silent, subtle confirmation — laughing and nodding her head knowingly. She declined to speak further on the subject ... but not before cracking a joke.

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From left: Sen. Kamala Harris and Vice President Mike Pence. ROBYN BECK/AFP via Getty Images; ERIC BARADAT/AFP via Getty Images

"I think that it's important that we find a way to move on and, you know, fly away from this subject onto something else," Harris, Joe Biden's running mate, said.

Earlier this week, Pence, 61, said that he was completely ignorant of the fly’s presence on his head. "I didn’t know he was there," he said on Fox News' The Daily Briefing Monday.

Pence, chuckling, added that he learned about the moment from his children upon leaving the debate stage.

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A fly lands in Vice President Mike Pence's hair at Wednesday's debate with Sen. Kamala Harris in Salt Lake City. ERIC BARADAT/Getty Images

"They all told me, 'Dad, you did okay,' but they did tell me about the fly," he said. "It was a good laugh for all of us."

The bug made its debate appearance near the end of the event.

The moment quickly went viral, spawning countless memes, GIFs and, of course, parody accounts. Even Saturday Night Live satirized the debate in its most recent episode — with Jim Carrey appearing as Biden, who then teleported into the debate and transformed, The Fly-style, into the winged creature before landing on Pence's head.

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