Will Reeve, the late actor Christopher Reeve’s son and ABC News correspondent, was caught during a live hit for Tuesday’s “Good Morning America” without wearing pants.
Reeve tried to make light of it, and took to social media to insist that he was wearing shorts. He tried to harness his new-found celebrity by tweeting, “I have ARRIVED* *in the most hilariously mortifying way possible.”
The 27-year-old posted a note on social media explaining that he was getting ready for a “post-GMA workout a little too soon this morning.”
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The Daily Mail reported that the segment’s focus was on pharmacies using drones to deliver medication. The report pointed out that his legs were first hidden by the lower chyron. Buzzfeed News said it might have caught Amy Robach, the morning show’s anchor, making a befuddled look after noticing the outfit.
The son of the late Hollywood icon explained the misstep again on Twitter.
“The camera angle, along with friends, family, and several hundred strangers on the social media made me rethink my morning routine,” he wrote. “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.”
Since many news studios are either closed or running a skeleton crew, it is not uncommon for reporters working from home to relax their wardrobe from the waist down, especially if they’re behind a desk. The flub on a national show is still embarrassing. One Twitter user mistook him for another reporter at the network.
“My man @TomLlamasABC forgot his pants this morning. Watch it on the wide shots, Sir. There’s children present. And housewives. Lonely. Lonely, housewives.”
The Mail reported that Reeves started working at ABC in 2018 as a multimedia reporter. He is also on the board of directors for the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, which funds research on spinal cord injuries.
His father was loved by millions and praised for his resolve and courage after a spinal cord injury suffered while horseback riding in 1995. The Times reported that the actor was paralyzed from the neck down.