It's a bodily function that strikes terror into the hearts of TV talent...fear of being overcome by hiccups. That is exactly what happened to a Texas meteorologist.
Talk about high pressure. There's never a good time for hiccups. But this was a bad one.
When KHOU meteorologist David Paul started his forecast for the Houston area, he hoped it was just a passing hiccup.
But, the involuntary contractions of the diaphragm continued..
David told us he'd been having bouts of hiccups all day, but usually they stop when the red light on the camera comes on.
“It was the most helpless feeling I've ever had on live TV.” Paul said, “That was a mess.”
Sure other meteorologists have suffered a single hiccup.
We've seen talent sneeze on air.
We've even seen an Australian weatherman pass out,while doing the weather, pulling 8Gs in a stunt plane. But this was no stunt.
David did try one last ditch trick. “I slowed down and I thought "well, I'm just going to try to speak slowly and swallow and maybe they'll go away." Paul hoped.
Even a drink of water didn't help.
But at least he's getting praised for soldiering through and maintaining his dignity.