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‘Oops!’: Reporter splits his pants on live TV

A North Carolina reporter had an eventful day when he accidentally split his pants during a live news report. WXII 12 News traffic anchor Chris Lea was on location during the station’s live Backyard BBQ and challenged a Forbush High School cheerleader to a toe touch competition.

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Chris Lea's toe touch ends in a split seam (WXII)

The showdown started with an impressive performance by the high schooler who powered through despite an ankle injury. Chris Lea followed her with an energetic, and perhaps overzealous showing of his own. A fellow reporter commentating warned Lea before he started, saying, “Ready Chris? Don’t split your pants honey. I’m worried about your pants.” The newsman then leapt into the air and the sound of a loud seam rip was heard. Lea landed and quickly covered the wardrobe malfunction while the crowd in the background erupted into laughter.

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Chris Lea's split pants (Instagram/WXII)

Lea had a sense of humor about the whole situation as did the station. On WXII posted the aftermath on Instagram writing, “Bad news: @chrisleatv split his pants live on air. Good news: He's wearing underwear #wardrobemalfunction.” They also simply wrote “Oops!” below the video link on their Facebook page. Chris Lea took the awkward moment in stride, tweeting, “Eh..no biggie it happens.”

Video and more info: WXII, Instagram/WXII, Facebook/WXII 12 News, Twitter/@ChrisLeaTV
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