​Cat Interrupts TV Interview With Polish Academic

An attention-seeking cat managed to upstage a serious political interview with a leading Polish academic - who thankfully managed to handle it like a pro:

Dr Jerzy Targalski was being interviewed by Dutch television channel Nieuwsuur about political tensions in Poland. But mid-way through, his cat, Lisio, figured it was the perfect time to try and upstage its master.

Targalski looked like he was pretty used to spontaneous affection from Lisio as the feline clambered up onto his shoulders. Barely flinching, Targalski only acknowledged what had happened when he yanked the cat's tail away from his eyes, holding it to the side of his face as he continued chatting.

Lisio then started rubbing itself against Targalski lovingly, before licking his ear. But Targalski remained professional and merely carried on talking to the Nieuwsuur reporter Rudy Bouma about how people in Poland are still controlled by former members of the Security Service.

Credit: Nieuwsuur NTR
Credit: Nieuwsuur NTR

According to news website Niezalezna, fans of Polish TV station Republika will be used to the ginger cat, as he regularly appears alongside Targalski. However, it's apparently the first time that Lisio's made it internationally.

Reporter Bouma shared the footage on Twitter, writing: "The Polish historian & political scientist Jerzy Targalski remained completely unruffled during our interview when this happened."

The clip has since racked up almost 20,000 views, with many social media users enjoying the amusing twist to what would have otherwise been quite a serious interview.

One person tagged a friend, saying: "I think this will amuse you."

Another wrote: "Love it - thank you! Prof. Targalski & moggy are great."

The clip will no doubt remind people of the now-famous interview with Professor Robert Kelly, who appeared on the BBC via video link to talk about South Korea's president Park Geun-hye being ousted from power - only for his two young children to come storming into the room.

While Kelly was on air, his toddler Marion came bowling in through the door - which Kelly had unusually left unlocked.

Speaking to the Wall Street Journal, Kelly said: "As soon as she opened the door I saw her image on my screen. She was in a hippity-hoppity mood that day because of the school party."

Kelly did his best to stay professional, discreetly trying to shoo Marion away. However, matters got twice as bad once his bouncing eight-month-old James decided to join in the fun.

As if this wasn't hilarious enough, the best was yet to come, as Kelly's wife, Jung-a Kim - having spotted the chaos unfolding on TV in the other room - came charging in after the pair, dragging them out and knocking over books before leaning back in to close the door.

Let's hope Lisio goes down in history as much as this family has - it's all pure TV gold.

Featured Image Credit: Nieuwsuur NTR

Jess Hardiman

Jess Hardiman is a journalist who graduated from Manchester University with a BA in Film Studies, English Language and Literature, and has previously worked for Time Out and The Skinny among others.

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