NBC reporter (and Massachusetts native) Ken Dilanian apologizes for hot-mic profanity during live TV segment

"I think we lost Ken for a second."

Ken Dilanian during an appearance Tuesday on MSNBC. Screenshot

NBC reporter and Massachusetts native Ken Dilanian apologized Tuesday after accidentally swearing during a live cable news segment.

But after the year that 2020 has been, many viewers could only relate.

Dilanian, who grew up in East Longmeadow and graduated from Williams College, was making a remote appearance on MSNBC from his living room to discuss how President Donald Trump’s administration was working — or, rather, not working — with the transition team of President-elect Joe Biden.

“Ken, what have you learned, sir?” asked anchor Craig Melvin.

Apparently experiencing technical difficulties, Dilanian responded with two frustrated words — neither of which are printable — before his live shot was cut off, leaving Melvin somewhat puzzled.

“I think we lost Ken for a second,” Melvin told viewers.

After the issues were resolved, Dilanian was brought back moments later to apologize and actually deliver his report — perhaps his biggest recovery since the former Ephs defensive end dove on a fumble in 1991 to clinch the first undefeated season in Williams College football history.

“I want to sincerely apologize to viewers who may have heard me use profanity at the top of the last hit,” Delanian said Tuesday.

On Twitter, he explained that he had “mistakenly hung up on the control room” and didn’t realize his mic was still on.

“Perils of playing producer, cameraman and tech support all at the same time from home,” Dilanian wrote, adding the hashtag, #2020.

While the snafu is arguably not the most embarrassing live hit made by a Western Massachusetts native this year, Dilanian’s colleague Tom Winter also jokingly offered an alternative explanation for the New Englander’s uncensored language.


“It’s my fault,” Winter tweeted. “I texted Ken that the Pats weren’t going to get a good QB by the time they pick in the draft.”

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