Transformers’ Michael Bay explains his on-stage freakout while presenting at CES

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Jan 7, 2014, 9:43 AM EST (Updated)

Michael Bay catches a lot of flack for his over-the-top movies, but it turns out even the blockbuster-churning Transformers director can get a little flustered at times.

Bay was signed on to help present a fancy new curved-screen television at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas Monday, and everything was going great. Well, at least, it was going great until the teleprompter malfunctioned.

At that point, Bay tried to salvage the presentation for a few seconds, then awkwardly wandered away. In front of a huge audience of attendees. Yes, go ahead and get the ol’ “Michael Bay has never had a problem working without a script before” jokes out of the way now. Feel better?

Sure, the guy is an easy target, but it’s gotta be tough to get on stage in front of a massive live audience, even for a guy who makes $100+ million movies for a living. To his credit, Bay at least owned up to the gaffe with a quick statement:

“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 … But I'm doing a special curved screen experience with Samsung and Transformers 4 footage that will be traveling around the world.”

Fair enough. In case you haven’t seen Bay’s awkward freakout, check out the footage below:

(Via Topless Robot)

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