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Director Michael Bay freezes up at CES

By CNN Staff
updated 2:03 PM EST, Tue January 7, 2014
When "Transformers" filmmaker Michael Bay spoke at a Samsung press event at CES 2014, he had the misfortune of not saying much at all. The director was caught off guard by a malfunctioning teleprompter, and although he tried "to wing it" within minutes he abruptly apologized and walked off stage. Here are a few other celebrities who've had an embarrassing moment broadcast to everyone thanks to a microphone: When "Transformers" filmmaker Michael Bay spoke at a Samsung press event at CES 2014, he had the misfortune of not saying much at all. The director was caught off guard by a malfunctioning teleprompter, and although he tried "to wing it" within minutes he abruptly apologized and walked off stage. Here are a few other celebrities who've had an embarrassing moment broadcast to everyone thanks to a microphone:
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STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Film director Michael Bay is behind movies including the "Transformers" series
  • He was on stage to help promote Samsung's new curved TV at the CES show
  • The five-day conference in Las Vegas is the world's top tech gadget show
  • Bay appeared to get stage fright, apologizing and walking off, blaming the teleprompter

(CNN) -- Movie mogul Michael Bay has grappled with giant robots, rogue meteors and attacks on Pearl Harbor but one thing has defeated him: A presentation for a new TV at the world's top gadget trade show.

Bay has described getting stage fright at the Consumer Electronics Show, walking away after a teleprompter failed.

In a blog post on his website, the director -- whose films include the "Transformers" series -- wrote: "Wow! I just embarrassed myself at CES..."

Bay had been lending his name to Samsung's new 105-inch curved UHD television, unveiled at the five-day CES tech conference in Las Vegas.

"My job, as a director, is I get to dream for a living," he began, describing Hollywood as a place that "creates a viewer escape."

Bay continued: "And what I try to do is I ... uhhh, the type is all off -- sorry, but I'll just wing this." With prompting from Samsung Executive Vice President Joe Stinziano, he went on: "We'll wing it right now. I try to take people on an emotional ride and ..."

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When Stinziano asked how the product would impact Bay's work, the director exited the stage, apologizing.

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In his blog, Bay said he had been too eager to speak.

"I just 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."

Comments posted below Bay's message ranged from support and praise to criticism of his reliance on a teleprompter.

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Users of the social media network Twitter also weighed in.

The Funny or Die account wrote: "Michael Bay stormed off stage at CES after his teleprompter broke. No script, big explosion & a disappointed audience. Dude's still got it!"

But filmmaker Zak Bagans wrote:"Leave Michael Bay alone, some of the most talented and creative ppl in the world suffer from anxiety and stage-fright."

Samsung's media release announcing the new curved television didn't mention Bay.

Read more: Richard Quest 'I hate public speaking'

Read more: Six crazy technologies at CES

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