Hop on social media and "Michael Bay Meltdown Video" is all you'll see trending. This evening, the Transformer's director had somewhat of a panic attack or while attempting to "wing it" on the CES 2014 stage during the Samsung presentation and promptly walked off stage. (To watch Michael Bay's panic attack video, scroll to the bottom of the article)
So what happened to cause Michael Bay so much distress that he actually walked off stage in the middle of a presentation? Apparently, the American action movie director is not much into acting himself - particularly where the role is impromptu. According to Variety, Michael Bay was recruited as a surprise guest, to share with the audience his excitement over the giant Samsung Ultra HD TVs.
Walking onto the stage Michael Bay looking pretty excited and shaking the presenter's hand vigorously, Michael Bay looked prepared to take on the crowd — for the first five second that is. But soon things got tense and it was clear Michael Bay was feeling pretty uncomfortable up there as he stumbled over his first few words.
"Um... my job... As a director ... I get to dream for a living."
Soon after uttering these words Michael Bay began rubbing his hands together nervously and looked as though something had gone terribly wrong as his head quickly turned to the presenter as if to say "please help me, I've forgotten my lines!"
The presenter picked up from there, saying, "Michael, you are known for such incredible action. What inspires you? How do you come up with these unbelievable ideas?"
"I create visual worlds that are so beyond everyone's normal life experiences, and Hollywood is a place that creates a viewer escape.... And um.... what I try to do as a director is I try to ...."
Here Micheal Bay begins to head off the deep end as he chokes up, utters an audible "agh" and turns his back on the audience, clearly in distress over what he wants to say, but what just isn't coming out right. When he finally turns around, the Transformers director looks at the audience and says "the type is off, sorry, but I'll just wing this."
Michael Bay then walks back toward the presenter on stage hands behind his back and clearly shaken. While the presenter attempts to get Michael Bay focused and relaxed telling him "just tell us what you think ... we'll just wing this," it seems the strategy isn't working.
Though Bay attempts to return to the flow of the conversation saying "I try to take people on an emotional ride, and um...." but at this point he's at a loss again and clearly going into panic attack mode.
The Samsung presenter once again tries to help Bay stay the course, putting a few words out as scaffolding in the scriptless scene. "The curve, how do you think it's gonna impact how viewers experience your movies?"
At this point, however, Michael Bay has clearly had all he can take. "Excuse me, I'm sorry," the director says, as he abruptly takes his meltdown off stage, leaving the Samsung presenter to patch things up with the CES 2014 audience on his own.
"Ladies and Gentlemen, let's thank Michael Bay for joining us."
The crowd at CES 2014 slowly begin to clap but clearly everyone is a little stunned by the panicked departure of Michael Bay from the stage. Later in the afternoon Michael Bay was found posting a blog with an apology for the sudden meltdown. In the blog he wrote,
"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."
Yes, clearly they aren't. At this point the internet appears to be divided between whether to think Michael Bay a complete jerk for being unprepared and walking off stage, or in the throes of sympathy as they share their own stories of stage fright. Now matter where you stand on the Michael Bay meltdown, one thing is sure, this video is going viral fast and sure to spawn any number of new internet memes.
Check out a few of the comments posted on Twitter by viewers after seeing Michael Bay's panic attack and walking off stage video.
WATCH: Michael Bay quits Samsung's press conference Twitter Reacts To Michael Bay Meltdown
Lmao Michael Bay made my day the way he just walked off that stage. — JKJones (@TheRealJKJones) January 7, 2014
— Nakia (@Nakia) January 7, 2014
Based on headlines, I expected to see Michael Bay spontaneously combust on stage. Reality: An unprepared guy getting flustered. ★☆☆☆☆ — Michael Jurewitz (@Jury) January 7, 2014
Michael Bay finally puts out something I can watch all the way through.
— Robb Goodwin (@cipprez) January 7, 2014
So Michael Bay can't stream 2 sentences together w/o a teleprompter? — Felt Jesus (@feltjesus) January 7, 2014
I'm just disappointed Samsung didn't bring out Nelson Mandela's sign language guy when Michael Bay walked off the stage at CES
— Graham Cluley (@gcluley) January 7, 2014
Wow, this is bad! Michael Bay walks off at CES: http://t.co/c7bYFzfea0 — Ciaran O'Neill (@oneillci) January 7, 2014
Well, Samsung had many interesting announcements at its presser, but the best was the Michael Bay freakout. #CES2014
— Shara Tibken (@sharatibken) January 7, 2014
I'm REALLY mad I missed the Michael Bay freakout...let alone the Samsung keynote! — Michael Kukielka (@DetroitBORG) January 7, 2014
I can't decide who had worse improv skills, Michael Bay or the CES dude.
— Ti West (@Ti_West) January 7, 2014
My thoughts about Michael Bay can be summed up as...um...uh...okay I guess I'm just gonna wing it. He's like the...I'm sorry I can't do this — Michael (@Home_Halfway) January 7, 2014
Michael Bay should never host Saturday Night Live. http://t.co/TN1WteLZ9T
— Fake Charlie Whiting (@charlie_whiting) January 7, 2014