ABC News reporter Will Reeve thought he would only have to talk about drones while being interviewed on Good Morning America. Instead, things went a little south.
Some of the benefits of working from home include eating whenever you feel like, not having to endure rush hour traffic in the morning, and, of course, wearing whatever you like - even if that means wearing nothing at all. We're sure lots of you have already had Zoom meetings in pajamas or have gone days without wearing real pants. Admit it, your work slacks probably think you died. Unfortunately, this benefit, in particular, got the best of Will Reeve, a reporter with ABC News who was being interviewed on Good Morning America. He thought he was just talking to GMA's Amy Robach when things went south (pun intended).
Like many of us right now, Reeve was practicing self-isolation, which meant he was working from home. Also like many of us, he thought it would be alright if he just threw on a jacket and shirt instead of getting properly suited up. He simply wasn't prepared for how wide his shot would get. While host Robach asked him about pharmacies making use of drones in order to deliver prescriptions to people in a Florida retirement village, the screen focused on him. Though his initial shot began just fine, as a large on-screen banner covered his lower half, things got testy when the banner was replaced with a smaller.
Viewers quickly noticed that they could see a small portion of Reeve's own thighs. Some of these viewers quickly took to Twitter to make sure Good Morning America knew they were in on the reporter's little secret. Film critic Adam Graham posted, "Hey, put some pants on, my guy." Another user, K Prudhomme O'Brien, asked, "Is it too much to expect reporters to wear pants?" Josh Wallen added, "Watch it on the wide shots, sir. There [are] children present. And housewives. Lonely, lonely housewives." Of course, those "lonely, lonely housewives" may have had quite a treat if they were tuned in to Good Morning America on Tuesday. In fact, it gave everyone a good laugh, the kind that we so desperately need in these challenging times.
After the pantsgate fiasco, Reeve took to Twitter as well in order to provide an explanation. Of course, no one really needed one, we all know what it's like to get comfy at home while on the job. He promised that he was simply wearing shorts as he intended to get in a workout soon after the interview was done. The reporter wrote, "Trying to be efficient, I got ready for a post-GMA workout a little too soon this morning. The camera angle, along with friends, family, and several hundred strangers on social media made me rethink my morning routine. Any sartorial tips from these people who are wearing a belt, trousers, and shoes during their work video calls at home are most welcome. Now, back to work. Wearing pants." He added in the caption, "When WFH [work from home] goes wrong (or, your self-framed live shot goes too wide). Hope everyone got a much-needed laugh." Indeed they did!