An anchor on British news program ITV named Tom Bradby has won the Internet's hearts with his absurdly polite apology for leaving a burning building. Mashable reports that on Wednesday, Bradby was delivering the news when a fire alarm was set off somewhere in the building. Everyone had to evacuate, just in case it was a legitimate threat, but Bradby seems incredibly embarrassed that anything so unseemly as a fire would keep him from doing his job.
This clip of Bradby apologizing over and over and promising to return as soon as it was safe to do so is adorable and it will also have you screaming, "Go, man, go!! Get out of here! Why hasn't he left yet?!"
Everyone is saying that Bradby's delivery is about the most British fire announcement in history, and the British themselves sure love it:
That's a very British way of announcing a fire alarm ITV News. ‘Right, well I’m awfully sorry, these things happen and we have to evacuate’ Just go Tom we don't want you catching fire politely letting the public down on missing the news— Andy (@Andy120985) January 3, 2018
Someone having a sneaky smoke in the bogs. Gave up on New Year's Eve and couldn't take it anymore.— Steady Eddie (@_steady_eddie) January 3, 2018
But after all that, it turns out that it was a false alarm, as Bradby again apologized for later:
Sorry about the disruption tonight. False alarm, it seems. Words fail me.— tom bradby (@tombradby) January 3, 2018
I literally giggled writing this entire story, and would like to salute Bradby's courage under imaginary fire, as does everyone else:
But you coped with it in the most British fashion I’ve ever seen. I do believe the building could have been falling down and you would still have taken the time to apologise and advise us what was happening. You would not have seen me for dust!— Susie Lush (@SSL148) January 3, 2018
Glad everyone is ok & no fire. You handled it very well & professionally. Look forward to seeing you,with hopefully no interruptions(!)next time you are on😃📺— Hannah🐝 (@PipsMiniTwee) January 3, 2018
So thrilled everyone is safe, especially this jewel of Britain.