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!" And contemplating, "No, really, 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," one newly found fan tweeted. "'Right, well I'm awfully sorry, these things happen and we have to evacuate.' Just go Tom, we don't want you catching fire [by] politely letting the public down on missing the news."
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," he tweeted. "Words fail me."
I literally giggled writing this entire story, and would like to salute Bradby's courage under imaginary fire, as does everyone else. As one tweeter put it, "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 woul dstill have taken the time to [apologize] and advice us what was happening. You would not have seen me for dust!"
So thrilled everyone is safe, especially this jewel of Britain.