Michael Bay 'embarassed' he walked off stage at CES presentation
Director Michael Bay is shown at the Samsung Electronics presentation to introduce a 105-inch ultra high definition curved television during the International Consumer Electronics Show on Jan. 6, 2014, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)
The Associated Press
Published Tuesday, January 7, 2014 3:47PM EST
LAS VEGAS -- "Transformers" director Michael Bay says he's embarrassed that he walked off the stage during a presentation of Samsung's new curved ultra-high-definition television.
Video of the cringe-worthy incident at the International CES gadget show in Las Vegas circulated on social media sites late Monday and early Tuesday. In a statement posted online and confirmed by Bay's production company, Bay says: "I guess live shows aren't my thing."
The video shows Bay start to speak, then stop when the presenter speaks. Bay resumes speaking, then stops again, saying the teleprompter isn't working correctly.
Bay and the presenter then attempt to talk off-the-cuff about the 105-inch TV, but the flustered director apologizes and abruptly leaves the stage.
Bay directed the first three "Transformers" movies, with "Transformers 4" due in theatres in June 2014.
Here is Bay's full statement:
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.