Fox News Accidentally Broadcasts Suicide Live On-Air

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By: Adelle Platon / September 30, 2012

Fox News recently issued an apology for accidentally broadcasting a man committing suicide live on-air.

According to The Huffington Post, an Arizona affiliate was filming a low-speed chase during the afternoon broadcast on Friday (Sept. 28) after the suspect Joseph F. Romero had reportedly stolen a car. The 33-year-old had a series of violent crimes on his rap sheet and led cops on a wild goose chase before getting out of the vehicle, pulling a gun from his pocket and shooting himself in the head while cameras were rolling.

Fox News’ Shepherd Smith repeatedly yelled “Get off it! Get off it!” but producers could not cut in time and tried to delay the footage after suspecting something would go wrong. “We created a five-second delay as if you were to bleep back your DVR five seconds … so that we would see in the studio five seconds before you did,” Smith explained. “So that if anything went horribly wrong, we’d be able to cut away from it without subjecting you to it. And we really messed up. And we’re all very sorry. That didn’t belong on TV. We took every precaution we knew how to take to keep that from being on TV, and I personally apologize to you that that happened.”

He added: “That was wrong, and that won’t happen again on my watch. And I’m sorry.”

Michael Clemente, the executive vice president of Fox News, later said in a statement, “Unfortunately, this mistake was the result of a severe human error and we apologize for what viewers ultimately saw on the screen.”

Watch Smith’s apology below.